June 19th: Stand for Domestic Service in DC
By Jonathan Pearson on Friday, May 31st, 2013
The Peace Corps is not the only service program facing challenges as Congress considers federal spending in Fiscal Year 2014. Our brothers and sisters who volunteer here at home through programs of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) also face significant – if not bigger – challenges.
CNCS estimates that the recent across-the-board spending cuts implemented by Congress could eliminate as many as 4,000 Americorps and 14,000 Senior Corps positions this year.
At the same time, as Congress begins to consider spending for FY 2014 – which begins in October – the budget proposed in the House of Representatives calls for the complete elimination of CNCS programs.
In response, the groups Americorps Alums and Service Nation are calling on those who believe in the importance of our nation’s domestic service programs to come together to demonstrate your support and solidarity on Capitol Hill on the morning of June 19th. The gathering will take place on the corner of 1st Street and C Street SE, just outside the Capitol South metro station.
Follow this link for more information, and make plans to Stand for Service!
Read this recent Wall Street Journal Op-Ed by U.S. General Stanley McChrystal calling for universal national service.