DearColleague.us

Letter

From: The Honorable Doris O. Matsui
Sent By: mara.lee@mail.house.gov
Bill: H.Res. 453
Date: 6/10/2009
Support H. RES. 453 – On House Floor Today
A Resolution Honoring AmeriCorps Week, American Volunteers
June 10, 2009
Dear Colleague:
I am writing to urge your support for H.Res 453 which will be voted on the floor today. H. Res. 453
recognizes the significant accomplishments of the AmeriCorps programs, encourages all citizens to join in
a national effort to salute AmeriCorps members and alumni, and helps raise awareness about the
importance of national and community service to our country.
Since its inception in 1994, AmeriCorps has proven to be a highly effective way to engage Americans in
meeting a wide range of local needs, national response directives, and promote the ethic of service and
volunteering. Our national service programs have engaged millions of Americans in results-driven service
in the Nation’s most vulnerable communities, providing hope and help to people facing economic and
social needs.

AmeriCorps volunteers improve the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens, protect the
environment, contribute to public safety, respond to disasters, and strengthen our educational system.
Each year, AmeriCorps members serve thousands of nonprofit organizations, schools, and faith-based and community organizations each year.

AmeriCorps Week is celebrated each year to honor the important work that AmeriCorps volunteers
provide to our communities. This year, we celebrated National AmeriCorps Week with a renewed sense
of purpose after the passage of the Senator Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.
As a result of the great work of these volunteers, extraordinary things are happening all around America.
The service programs and new initiatives help address some of our nation’s toughest problems, from
poverty and unmet education needs, to natural disasters.
I urge my colleagues to continue to support AmeriCorps volunteers and take this opportunity to thank
them for their dedication to our country and to their communities.
Sincerely,
Doris O. Matsui
Member of Congress
Co-Chair, National Service Caucus