From: The Honorable David E. Price
March 16, 2017
Support Funding for National Service
Deadline COB March 31st
As Co-Chairs of the National Service Caucus, we are writing to ask that you join us in sending the attached letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee to support
level funding for national service programs administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in fiscal year (FY) 2018.
The deadline to sign on is COB March 31, 2017.
Created under the bipartisan National and Community Service Trust Act, CNCS is an independent federal agency tasked with operating national service programs and providing support to our nation’s most effective independent service organizations. The Corporation
funds several service programs, including AmeriCorps State and National (providing grant assistance to top-tier non-profit organizations); AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC); AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA); and Senior
Corps (Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Foster Grandparent Program, and Senior Companions). Demand for opportunities to serve has never been higher. Congress recognized this need on a bipartisan basis when it overwhelmingly approved the Serve America Act
in 2009 to reauthorize and expand our national service programs. These programs have proven time and again their immense value, returning $3.95 for every dollar invested.
Today, CNCS is guided by the principles of putting the needs of local communities first, strengthening public-private partnerships, and assisting with the accessibility of grant funding to rural and economically distressed communities.
We hope you will join us in supporting these cost-effective service programs so that we can continue to meet pressing needs in our communities. To sign, please use the link above. If you would like more information on this letter or the National Service
Caucus, please contact: Jonathan Gilbert (Matsui) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 5-7163, or Leigh Whittaker (D. Price) at email@example.com
DORIS MATSUI DAVID PRICE
Member of Congress Member of Congress
March 16, 2017
The Honorable Tom J. Cole The Honorable Rosa L. DeLauro
Chairman Ranking Member
House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education & Related Agencies House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education & Related Agencies
2358-B Rayburn House Office Building 1016 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:
We are writing to thank the Subcommittee for its past support of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), and to respectfully request that you support level funding for CNCS in the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY 2018) in the Labor, Health and Human
Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.
As you know, CNCS is the nation’s leading grant provider for service and volunteering, administering AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, VISTA, NCCC, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund,. Working hand in hand with thousands of local partners,
CNCS programs engage more than 344,000 national service participants in results-driven service at more than 50,000 locations across the country each year. These dedicated Americans recruit and manage more than five million additional volunteers as they work
to create jobs, deliver disaster relief, prepare a better-trained workforce, promote health, strengthen the economy, and improve communities nationwide.
National service harnesses the energy and ingenuity of our nation’s most valuable resource – our citizens – to bolster the capacity of the social and public sectors to address local needs and save taxpayer dollars. A study by economists at Columbia University
found that, for every dollar invested in national service, there is a $3.95 return to society in terms of higher earnings, increased output and other community-wide benefits. In fact, national service programs are among the largest employers of young Americans,
allowing participants to gain marketable job skills and experience and to increase their employability and earning potential. Service programs also benefit the unemployed: CNCS found that unemployed individuals who volunteer are 27 percent more likely to
secure employment than those who do not volunteer.
National service is a public-private partnership, which recognizes that no one sector can meet our challenges alone and that America is at its best when citizens work together joined in common purpose. The resources provided by CNCS, matched by significant
support from the private sector, are helping organizations across the country work in creative ways to tackle our most persistent and costly challenges by:
- Assisting with relief and rebuilding efforts after natural disasters, including the devastating floods in Central and Southern Louisiana this past year; the water emergency in Flint, Michigan; and long-term recovery for other disaster-stricken communities
such as those in Joplin, Missouri;
- Deploying over 16,000 national service members to respond to more than 200 disasters over the past five years;
- Increasing access to safe, affordable housing for thousands of families through Habitat for Humanity and other organizations;
- Providing additional student support in one out of four persistently low achieving schools;
- Assisting over 280,000 low-income families and individuals across the country with free tax preparation services;
- Bolstering civic and faith-based organizations by supporting evidence based-solutions;
- Creating pathways to employment and a pipeline of citizen leaders.
For all these reasons, we urge you to provide level funding for CNCS in FY 2018. Thank you for your consideration.
DAVID PRICE DORIS MATSUI
Member of Congress Member of Congress
National Service Caucus Co-Chair National Service Caucus Co-Chair