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Write a Letter to Your Editor!

May 2, 2012

On April 21 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Edward Kennedy Serve America Act, authorizing for the expansion of the Corporation for National and Community Service offerings of AmeriCorps positions.

Three years later, with the demand to serve at an all-time high, we are still advocating for service and AmeriCorps programs to be recognized as a cost effective solution to our country’s problems. This year alone saw 582,000 applications for 82,000 AmeriCorps slots, up from 526,000 the year prior meaning over one million applications were rejected in the last two years

What can we do? The bi-partisan leadership that led to the signing of the Serve America Act is still needed, to support funding and opportunities for a generation that wants to serve.

Take a moment to tell your story by Writing a Letter to the Editor – and build awareness in your local community to the benefits of national service and how your AmeriCorps service connects to your lifetime commitment to service and making your community stronger.

Learn more about Guidance on Writing a Letter to the Editor and Key Messages you can include in your letter, adapted from our friends at Voices for National Service

Share through social media and have your network write a letter to their editors:

Twitter:

  • Want to help #SaveService and get your voice heard? Write a letter to your editor and share your #AmeriCorps story: http://bit.ly/K0uj1n
  • Share your #AmeriCorps story with your editors to advocate for #SaveService. Find out how you can get your voice heard! http://bit.ly/K0uj1n
  • Time for you to raise your voice to help #SaveService! Let your editors know why your #AmeriCorps story matters! http://bit.ly/K0uj1n
Facebook:
  • As an AmeriCorps Alum, it is important for me to share my story to ensure that there is a future for national service. Join me in writing a letter to your editor to tell your AmeriCorps story! http://bit.ly/K0uj1n
  • I’m writing to my editor to let them know that AmeriCorps helped me [insert a sentence about how AmeriCorps helped you.] Join me in telling your AmeriCorps story by writing a letter to your editors: http://bit.ly/K0uj1n

Save Service is looking for District Day leaders nationwide! Learn about how you can register to be a local organizer and schedule a meeting with your member of Congress.

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