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AmeriCorps needs your input!

May 5, 2009

On April 21, 2009, President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act into law, ushering in a new era of service and volunteering for our nation. The Act charges the Corporation for National and Community Service and our partners to dramatically expand opportunities for Americans to serve, to focus on critical national issues, to be a catalyst for social innovation, and to support the nonprofit sector.  The law both expands existing programs and creates new initiatives to increase service opportunities and strengthen our civic infrastructure.

The Serve America Act goes into effect on October 1.  The Corporation will be spending the coming weeks and months planning for implementation, and are very interested in getting your input as we move ahead.  As the people who make service happen in communities everyday, you have vital insights about how we can make the most of the extraordinary opportunities presented by this new legislation.  They also need your input as we develop the Corporation’s strategic plan for the next five years.  CNS is sponsoring a number of opportunities for public input over the next month, including listening sessions around the country, conference calls, and a web page for submitting your written comments.

The public listening sessions are as follows.  Details and RSVP information are available by clicking on the links below:

May 13 Springfield, MO 1:00-4:00

May 14 Columbia, SC 1:00-4:00

May 20 Washington, DC* 12:30-2:30

May 22 Boston, MA 9:00-12:00

May 27 Salt Lake City, UT 9:00-12:00

May 28 New Orleans, LA 1:00-4:00

* The May 20 listening session in Washington DC will take place as part of the Corporation’s public Board of Directors meeting. This will be an abbreviated session following conclusion of other Board business.

There will be a a follow up in the coming days with some of the potential topics they want your input on, a schedule of conference calls, and details on how you can submit your comments online.  Please check out the Serve America Act page on for updates and background on the legislation.  Your perspectives are invaluable and our efforts will be much stronger with your views.  We hope you will share your best thoughts and ideas!

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