What’s happening? State & federal budget update

A brief sample of our April newsletter: What’s Happening in Ohio Community Development?

From the AmeriCorps VISTA Spotlight section:

President Trump has declared this week, April 23-29, National Volunteer Week, where we “pay tribute to the extraordinary faith-based, nonprofit, national service, service club, military service, and community organizations that provide volunteers with opportunities to serve.”

In honor of this, we celebrate our AmeriCorps VISTAs and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

Unfortunately, the President’s proposed skinny budget has called for a total elimination of CNCS. Since his budget reveal on March 16th, he has maintained that sentiment. According to one CNN article:

“It is not a core function of the federal government to promote volunteerism, and therefore, these programs should be eliminated,” the Trump administration wrote. “To the extent these activities have value, they should be supported by the private and nonprofit sectors.”

This agency, which accounts for .03% of all federal spending, promotes volunteerism throughout the whole country, building communities, helping create jobs, fighting poverty, combating disasters. The program and its peril have been written about many times in the last month, including Time’s Money and UPI.

In Ohio, AmeriCorps members raised over 2.7 million in cash and in-kind resources and mobilized 29,807 volunteers in 2015. That’s as many volunteers as the population of the city of Kent! In 2016, OCDCA AmeriCorps VISTAs recruited 1,423 volunteers and raised $684,406 in cash and in-kind investments. Nationally, every $1 spent on youth national service results in more than $2 in savings for taxpayers, and that for each $10 in federal money spent on AmeriCorps, $15 more is raised through private partnerships.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a relatively inexpensive agency that does immense amounts of good by all accounts. After service, AmeriCorps members are significantly more likely to go into public service or the nonprofit sector than their non-AmeriCorps counterparts.

Clearly, CNCS must remain intact. Voices for National Service is an advocacy group dedicated to CNCS and AmeriCorps. OCDCA is a member of Voices for National Service. Join us in asking Congress to protect CNCS, AmeriCorps, and Senior Corps. It only takes two clicks to send your Congressperson this email.

So, please, take a moment to send that email above, maybe call your Congresspeople (we share some tips in the federal news below), and then thank a volunteer. It is still National Volunteer Week after all.



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