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Alums Respond to the Proposed AmeriCorps Cuts

February 10, 2011

As many of you are aware, various news outlets are reporting that the Appropriations Committee in the House of Representatives may be proposing the elimination of AmeriCorps as a part of the Continuing Resolution to fund the government for the remainder of this fiscal year.   (You can read more about it via the AP, Washington Post).

The good news:  it is simply a proposal.  Any such plan would face various and considerable hurdles (the Senate, the White House) before enactment.

The most important news:  it is clear we are going to need everyone who values national service to be ready to take action. Individual alumni are starting to organize to quickly disseminate information. There is currently a Facebook group here. As well, AmeriCorps Alums has created a space for official alumni action. You can follow @act4americorps on twitter and take action on our Act 4 AmeriCorps facebook page (these are still in the ‘construction’ stages, so pardon the appearance!).

What you can do today:

1)      Send us your best stories of your AmeriCorps experience:  how did your work benefit your community, how did the education award help you with college or job training, how have you used your AmeriCorps experience in your professional life and in your on-going service? Send written stories to me at wsoenksen@americorpsalums.org or submit videos on our Act 4 AmeriCorps page.

2)      Let us know if you want to be engaged in advocacy work around support for AmeriCorps.  This budget season in Washington, DC is going to be intense and we will need your engagement more than ever!  We are particularly interested in lining up alum advocates in the following states: Kentucky, Iowa, Montana, Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, Wyoming, Connecticut, New York, Illinois, California, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kansas, Ohio, Virginia, and Mississippi. Email julie.murphy@pointsoflight.org to step up.

3)      Request a meeting with your Senators and House Representative when they are back in the district to convey the value of AmeriCorps to your community and to the nation.  The next Congressional recess is the week of February 21.  Make the call today!

For more information and to join our advocacy team, contact Julie Murphy, Director of Government Affairs for Points of Light and AmeriCorps Alums at julie.murphy@pointsoflight.org.

 

One Comment leave one →
  1. Greg Heinrich permalink
    February 11, 2011 10:27 am

    Great post Whitney! Glad to see that AmeriCorps Alums is creating an outlet to show Congress that AmeriCorps alumni support funding for AmeriCorps!

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