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Don’t Give Up!

March 24, 2011

By Jeremy Exell, AmeriCorps Alums

Just wanted to give you all an update on the current status of the FY 2011 budget and funding for CNCS and AmeriCorps. Congress passed another continuation of the budget that will keep the government funded until April 8th. When they come back from recess on March 28th, Congress will be working to finalize the next years budget. What does this mean for us? It means that this issue will be resolved soon and we’ll find out the status of AmeriCorps. This means the time to voice your support for national service is now!

Last week, Alums participated in a Congressional call-in campaign with the larger national service advocacy coalitions. Over 10,000 calls were made into the offices of the Senate, jamming up phone lines and letting them know that Americans support service and recognize the vital role programs like AmeriCorps play in meeting community needs across the nation.

We need to make another push in the coming weeks to keep service alive in America. What can you do to help us out? Glad you asked!

  • Keep calling into the Senate phone line.  We’re keeping it up and running to help make it easy for you! 1-855-US-SERVE.
  • Write a letter to your local paper. Our partner,, has made it really easy with talking points, example letters, and an easy to use submission tool.
  • Keep checking in here, following us on, twitter, and facebook.

It’s been an unexpected and fast moving fight and your response has been truly inspiring. We want to encourage you to not give up, keep calling, keep writing, and keep spreading the word on service. Never underestimate the power of a voice!

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