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by Jeremy Foreman category: Cause
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America.
The House Appropriations Committee recently released a draft of their funding bill that once again calls for dramatic cuts to CNCS. While it preserves funding for the three Senior Corps programs, the bill directs agency staff to shut down CNCS and eliminates funding for vital programs such as AmeriCorps, the Volunteer Generation Fund, VISTA, the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), and the Social Innovation Fund.
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More than 16,000 people of all ages and backgrounds are helping to meet local needs, strengthen communities, and increase civic engagement through national service in Georgia. Serving with more than 410 national and local nonprofits, schools, faith-based organizations and other groups, these citizens tutor and mentor children, support veterans and military families, provide health services, restore the environment, respond to disasters, increase economic opportunity, and recruit and manage volunteers. This fiscal year, the Corporation for National and Community Service will commit more than $27,400,000 to support Georgia communities through national service initiatives.
More than 4,300 seniors in Georgia contribute their time and talents in one of three Senior Corps programs.
I serve as the Save Service in America campaign's district captain for the state of Georgia. I value the work contributed by the members of Corporation for National and Community Service, their staff and 70,000 nonprofit and faith-based partner organizations who serve as catalysts for positive social change. Their collective work is focused on improving education for America's youth, environmental stewardship, creating economic opportunity, disaster services, support for veterans and military families, and healthy futures. If funding is eliminated by Congress for this agency, it will be to the detriment of hundreds of communities across the country, not to mention trigger an increase of 100,000+ to the unemployment rolls.