On Friday, May 16, 2008, U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut will introduce the AmeriCorps Act of 2008. The bill will:
Raise the education award to $6,185,the average annual cost of tuition and fees for an instate student at a four year public university
Make the education award tax exempt
Restore the Corporation's previous authority to partner with other Federal agencies to use national service as a strategy to carry out Departments' priorities
Promote the Corporation for National and Community Service to Cabinet level status.
AmeriCorps Alums encourages all AmeriCorps Alums to support this effort, as it recognizes the importance of service and promotes access to education by increasing the value of the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. Since its inception in 1994, more than 540,000 citizens have served through AmeriCorps to address the unmet needs of our nation. These citizens have given over 700,000,000 hours toward improving the lives of other Americans. Here are four simple ways you can take action:
Call the office of your Senators
Ask for the Legislative Director, and request that your Senator co-sponsor the AmeriCorps Act of 2008.
To join as a co-sponsor, let them know that they will need to contact Mary Ellen McGuire with Senator Dodd's office by email: MaryEllen_McGuire@help.senate.gov. The deadline for cosponsors is Thursday, May 15th (today) at 4pm.
Call and thank Senator Dodd for introducing the legislation.