[Community-service] Fwd: Action Alert: Call Your U.S. Representative Today to Help Keep Federal F...

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From: mminks at ysa.org
To: ds94124 at aol.com
Sent: 2/11/2011 2:37:30 P.M. Pacific Standard Time
Subj: Action Alert: Call Your U.S. Representative Today to Help Keep
Federal Funding for AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America

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Dear Darian,

U.S. House Plans to Cut $100 Billion from Federal Budget
Appropriations Chair Rogers (R-KY) proposes to eliminate CNCS
programs, including
AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America
Call your U.S. Representative today or Monday and let them know how a continuing
resolution that eliminates funding for Corporation for National and
Community Service
programs would hurt their communities.
Starting on Monday, February 14, the U.S. House of Representatives
will  begin consideration
of a Continuing Resolution that will fund the last 7  months of Fiscal
Year 2011.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal  Rogers has announced that the bill
will immediately cut $100 billion  from the federal budget. Major news
outlets including
TIME, AP and  others have reported that the bill will eliminate
funding for programs
of the Corporation for National and Community Service, including  AmeriCorps. We
know the Republican Study Committee wants to cut deeper,  and has
proposed to shut
down the whole agency and end all service programs.

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How You Can Help

1. Sign the letter from Voices for National Service, America Forward
and  ServiceNation
urging Congress to fund the Corporation for National and  Community
Service.  More
than 300 people have already added their  organizations to this
letter.  The deadline
to sign is Monday, February  14th at 12pm EST.  You will be asked to
provide your
organization's full  name, the name of your CEO or Executive Director,
and a list
of the  states where your organization serves. To read the letter and
sign,  visit
2. Call your U.S. Representative's office. We need to reach every single Member
of the House of Representatives and  urge them to vote no on a
continuing resolution
that eliminates funding  for the Corporation for National and Community Service
and AmeriCorps.  Talking points and information on how to contact your
are  below. Please take a few minutes to call today or Monday.
How to Contact Your U.S. Representative
If you need help determining the members of your congressional delegation, visit
This database will provide you with contact information for your
elected officials.
You  can call your Representatives directly or be connected through
the  House Operator
(202-225-3121). Once connected, identify yourself as a  constituent
and ask to speak
to the Legislative Assistant in change of  national service and
education issues.
You may also ask for the  Legislative Assistant in charge of budget issues.
Given the  severity of the cuts proposed by the House, you may experience some
difficulty calling the Capitol. It is important that you keep trying.
If  you can't
reach your representative by phone, please send a fax  communication
to their office.
This is time sensitive ask. Emails or  mailed letters will not reach
the decision
makers in time. It is  critical that our lawmakers hear from the
constituents directly
impacted  by their decisions.
Talking points for Calling the House of Representatives:

* I am calling to urge you to vote NO on any proposal to eliminate
funding for AmeriCorps
or the Corporation for National and Community Service.
* The CR will decimate vital services in our communities when millions
of Americans
need food, shelter, healthcare, job training and educational support.
* Communities are counting on AmeriCorps members, national service participants
and community volunteers to meet the increased demand for services.
* Provide an example of your local impact and what will be lost if your program
is eliminated. Example: My organization has 140 AmeriCorps members serving in 10
Boston Public Schools. They are providing targeted and school-wide interventions
in literacy, match, attendance and classroom behavior. If Congress
eliminates AmeriCorps,
nearly 2,000 high-risk 3rd-9th graders will no longer receive this
additional support
in the classroom.
* The CR will only push unemployment rates up. Unemployment numbers --
for young people, veterans and military spouses, older Americans and
people of color-remain
alarmingly high. Eliminating programs like AmeriCorps will result in
jobs lost for
the  corps members and the staff who supervise them. Example: If
Congress  eliminates
AmeriCorps, our 140 AmeriCorps members and the staff that  supervise
them will be
out of work.
* For Americans who are struggling to find work, national service programs offer
participants the opportunity to earn a subsistence-level stipend,
develop skills,
and create pathways to future employment.
* The federal investment made in faith based and community organizations through
the Corporation for National and Community Service leverages $799
million in matching
funds from companies, foundations and other sources.
* If you defund the national service programs, whole organizations
will shut down
and most will not be able to reopen again even if funding is restored.

In service,
Michael Minks
Director of Outreach
Youth Service America
mminks at ysa.org

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