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What do we need to stimulate service?

January 29, 2009

alums-banner-collageAs you may know, the economic stimulus bill passed the House last night. What you may NOT know… it allocates $200 million* (thanks Tim from the Service Nation blog) to boost national service, which is nice and we are very thankful, but doesn’t quite provide what’s necessary to leverage the full potential of national and community service and it’s servants (AmeriCorps members, volunteers, YOU). The New York Times asked a bunch of experts to comment on what is MISSING from the stimulus bill, and Stephen Goldsmith, a professor of government at Harvard’s Kennedy School and chairman of the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service, gave his thoughts on what the deal needs [READ THE FULL ARTILCE]:

“The stimulus package seeks to address the current economic crisis of our country, but we must not overlook the need for a “service stimulus.” Indeed, the bill should explicitly address how to support and leverage the spirit of volunteerism that exists in America.

The stimulus bill should provide for significant increases in AmeriCorps members who can rapidly deploy to community organizations and support volunteerism…” [continued]

Watch for the bill to move to the Senate… word is that the earliest it will move through is mid-February. The NYT has more than 100 comments on what is missing from the stimulus so far, and if you would like to add your thoughts about what role service should play in the stimulus, go here or comment below!

*previous number corrected

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  1. January 29, 2009 6:00 pm

    Oops. I should have written $200 MILLION regarding the stimulus allocation for service. My bad. Aplogies…

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