A Letter to the President
By Jonathan Pearson on Thursday, November 17th, 2011
Celebrating the Peace Corps never really ends. Nor does the effort to make it increasingly effective, impactful and highly recognized by the American public.
Building upon the work of many within the Peace Corps community throughout the year, National Peace Corps Association President Kevin Quigley today sent a letter to President Obama, thanking him for his “steadfast support to the Peace Corps and its community throughout the 50th anniversary year.”
The letter also encourages the President to take three steps to continue to advance the broad range of work that honors the past, present and future of the Peace Corps.
- President Obama is asked to sustain and enhance Peace Corps funding in both final deliberations for both the current, Fiscal Year 2012 spending package (currently being finalized by Congress) and in preparing his budget for Fiscal Year 2013.
- The letter also notes the final, unanimous passage of the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011 (S. 1280), and joins with congressional leaders and leading community advocates in requesting a public signing ceremony to mark this achievement.
- Finally, with significant legislative progress towards authorizing a commemorative work near the National Mall to mark the historic significance of the founding of the Peace Corps in 1961, the letter asks the President to urge lawmakers to complete work on this legislation and send it to his desk for a signature.
Share your views with the President: Follow this link to send an email message. Or, you can call the White House comments line at 202-456-1111.
Follow this link to read the NPCA letter to President Obama.
Follow this link if you have not had the chance to read the President’s 50th Anniversary Proclamation (issued February 28, 2011).