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ServeNext Georgia
“Don't let Congress kill AmeriCorps! Help Save Service in America! http://thndr.it/NTaQ2J
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Jeremy Foreman
 
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.
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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.
  • Foster Grandparents serve one-on-one as tutors and mentors to more than 2,600 young people who have special needs. 
  • Senior Companions help more than 1,400 homebound seniors and other adults maintain independence in their own homes. 
  • RSVP volunteers conduct safety patrols for local police departments, protect the environment, tutor and mentor youth, respond to natural disasters, and provide other services through more than 320 groups across Georgia. 
This year AmeriCorps will provide more than 1,800 individuals the opportunity to provide intensive, results-driven service to meet education, environmental, health, economic and other pressing needs in communities across Georgia. Most AmeriCorps grant funding goes to the Governor-appointed Georgia Commission for Service & Volunteerism, which in turn awards grants to nonprofit groups to respond to local needs. Most of the remainder of the grant funding is distributed by the Corporation directly to multi-state and national organizations through a competitive grants process. Other individuals serve through AmeriCorps VISTA, whose members help bring individuals and communities out of poverty by serving full-time to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses and increase housing opportunities, and AmeriCorps NCCC , a 10-month, full time residential program for men and women between the ages of 18 and 24. In exchange for their service, AmeriCorps members earn an education award that can be used to pay for college or to pay back qualified student loans. 

Since 1994, more than 14,000 Georgia residents have served more than 18 million hours and have qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $37,200,000

The mission of ServeNext.org at ServiceNation is to use the power of grassroots action to advance volunteerism, service, and AmeriCorps as strategies to tackle our most pressing social challenges and strengthen our democracy.    The Save Service campaign is being led by America Forward, ServiceNation and Voices for National Service coalitions, and spearheaded in partnership with the grassroots ServeNext Georgia project at HandsOn Southeast Georgia.
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