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Now What?

March 2, 2011

By Jeremy Exell, AmeriCorps Alums

District Day was a big success and I’m sure you all are thinking the same thing. Now what?

On the Congressional side of the issue, a stop gap bill has been passed by the House that will provide the government with funding for an additional 2 weeks. The good news, AmeriCorps wasn’t cut as part of this stop gap budget. The bad news, the fight isn’t over yet. This is only a very temporary fix for the budget issue our nation is facing. National Service is still on the chopping block and there is still a long, difficult fight ahead of us.

Iowa Alum, Heather Graeff

So what do you do now? Well, first, take a deep breath. The passage of this stop gap budget gives a small window of time to re-group, plan our next move, and prepare to move forward. We’ll need you to stay active and alert though! You can keep up to date by registering to receive our emails here and sharing your story of service here. We’ll use these in the future to provide elected officials with personal testimonials to  as to the effectiveness of national service programs!

And over the next week we are also encouraging alums to write a flood of Letters to the Editor in support of AmeriCorps and national service (view a published example here). Moving forward, we are working with a coalition of organizations to develop further our strategy to Save AmeriCorps!

You all have done amazing work for the nation through your service in AmeriCorps and are continuing it through your fight to SAVE AMERICORPS for future generations. Thank you, and keep it up!

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 6, 2011 12:36 am

    I am proud to be an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader. I stand firm, I am a fan!!!!! Let’s show our support and save our programs!!!!!!!!!!!! Do not cut AmeriCoprs Funding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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