Sending Office: Honorable David E. Price
Sent By:
Leigh.Whittaker@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

March 12, 2018

Support Funding for National Service

Deadline COB March 15

Sign letter HERE

 

Current signers (41): Beatty, Beyer, Bustos, Capuano, Carson, Cicilline, Cohen,
Curbelo, Davis, Davis, DeFazio, DeGette, Demings, Dingell, Esty, Lynch, Green, Hastings, Huffman,
Hurd, Kind, Langevin, Larson, Lawrence, Lee, Loebsack, Matsui, McGovern, Moore, Panetta, Payne, Pingree, Price, Raskin, Sablan, Schakowsky, Scott, Tsongas, Walz, Welch, Yarmuth

Dear Colleague:

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
at least level funding for national service programs administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in fiscal year (FY) 2019. 
The deadline to sign on is COB March 15, 2018.

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 and Senior Corps. 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: Leigh Whittaker (Price) at Leigh.Whittaker@mail.house.gov or 5-1784 or Alex Damato (Matsui) at Alex.Damato@mail.house.gov or 5-7163.

Sincerely,
                                
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DAVID PRICE                                  WILL HURD                                     DORIS MATSUI
Member of Congress                         Member of Congress                         Member of Congress

 

March 19, 2018

 

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 at least level funding for CNCS in the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 2019) 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 and Senior Corps. 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, AmeriCorps is one of the largest employers of young Americans, allowing
participants to gain marketable job skills and experience and to increase their employability and earning potential.

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:

 

  • Deploying nearly 4,000 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members who provided relief and recovery assistance after the California wildfires and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

 

  • Helping Americans lead healthier lives by addressing public health issues including opioid addiction

 

  • 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;

 

  • Creating pathways to employment and a pipeline of citizen leaders.

 

For all these reasons, we urge you to provide at least level funding for CNCS in FY 2019.  Thank you for your consideration.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

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DAVID PRICE                            WILL HURD                                DORIS MATSUI
Member of Congress                   Member of Congress                    Member of Congress

National Service Caucus                                                                    National Service Caucus

Co-Chair                                                                                             Co-Chair

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