NPCA Member Groups to President: $500 million in Peace Corps’ 50th
By Jonathan Pearson on Friday, November 5th, 2010
From Burlington and Miami to Seattle and San Diego – and a whole lot of places in between - 91 member groups of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) are urging President Obama to support $500 million for the Peace Corps in its 50th anniversary year.
While Congress continues to consider final action on the Fiscal Year 2011 budget, the Obama administration is hard at work preparing its budget for Fiscal Year 2012. The President will submit this budget to Congress next year on or before the first Monday in February, soon after delivering his State of the Union address. In its letter, member groups also ask the President to highlight Peace Corps’ 50th anniversary during his State of the Union address and recognize the service and contributions of current and returned volunteers.
“Behind the names of each of these groups is a story of ongoing service to our nation,” said NPCA President Kevin Quigley. ”Each year our member groups contribute tens of thousands of hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars to help uplift those less fortunate both here at home and around the world. This is the forgotten dividend of Peace Corps service and is a primary reason why we should continue to increase opportunities for fellow Americans to serve in the Peace Corps.”
Follow the link below to read the NPCA member group letter to the President.