Please confer with your colleagues to sign your organization to the below letter asking the U.S. House of Representatives to pass and fully fund H.R. 1388, the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act. You can add your organization by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
by 5:00pm Friday. The collective goal is to get 500 signatures on this letter before the end of the week.
March 11, 2009
Dear Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Hoyer and Minority Leader Boehner,
Americans are stepping forward in record numbers to serve, many inspired by the bold vision articulated by President Obama, and all motivated to roll up their sleeves to address the mounting challenges we face in communities across the country. Communities are struggling to meet the growing demand for services, due in large part to the economic downturn, and nonprofit organizations need human capital to meet the increasing needs of families struggling to make ends meet.
We are deeply grateful that the House Education and Labor Committee has recognized the pivotal moment we are in as a country and responded by passing H.R. 1388, The GIVE Act. Service can play a critical role in getting our economy moving again, engaging Americans in productive work in difficult times and meeting the growing needs in communities. We need to reinvest in service, starting with the reauthorization of national and community service programs operated by The Corporation for National and Community Service, which have not been reauthorized in 16 years.
We believe that the provisions in H.R. 1388 will make it possible for more Americans to serve, stimulate more volunteering and increase the diversity of those serving. We also believe that the reforms contained in the bill will ensure accountability, transparency, and results, while providing administrative simplification to help faith and community-based organizations—particularly those smaller nonprofits operating in rural areas and in economically disadvantaged communities—to more effectively meet community needs.
There are new approaches for expanding the capacity of the nonprofit sector to tap the ingenuity and innovation of citizens working together in local communities to address the problems we face. Many of these ideas, including the Volunteer Generation Fund, are included in S.277, The Serve America Act, which was introduced by a bipartisan group of Senators led by Senators Kennedy and Hatch on January 16. We look forward to working with the House to see that these new ideas, which we believe are essential elements of a new platform for highly effective service, are incorporated into the legislation that will ultimately be sent to President Obama for signature.
We look forward to working with you in the coming days to ensure swift and successful passage of H.R. 1388 on the House floor so that it can be quickly delivered to the President for signature. We also look forward to working with you to ensure that the legislation is fully funded through the appropriations process.
Thank you for your leadership and commitment to service.
1. America's Promise
2. Bay Area Community Resources
3. Campus Compact
4. Citizen Schools
5. City Year, Inc.
6. Equal Justice Works
7. First Focus
9. Michigan Nonprofit Association
10. Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service
11. National Association of Community Health Centers
12. Local Initiatives Support Corporation
13. Public Allies
14. Teach for America
15. The Corps Network
16. YouthBuild USA