Continue Funding for AmeriCorps and Teach for America

The continuing resolution (CR) proposal that the Republicans are proposing calls for cutting all funds for AmeriCorps and by doing that cutting Teach for America as well.
  • Communities are counting on AmeriCorps members, national service participants and community volunteers to meet the increased demand for services.
  • In Cincinnati, it would mean no teachers aides for Corryville School or St. Joseph School, closing the West End Emergency Food Center and cutting the heart out of a number of other not-for-profits that serve the community. 
  • The CR will only push unemployment rates up.  Unemployment numbers -- particularly for young people, veterans and military spouses, older Americans and people of color-remain alarmingly high.
  • For Americans who are struggling to find work, national service programs offer participants the opportunity to earn a subsistence-level stipend, develop skills, and create pathways to future employment.  Eliminating programs like AmeriCorps will result in jobs lost for the corps members and the staff who supervise them. 
  • The federal investment made in faith based and community organizations through the Corporation for National and Community Service leverages $799 million in matching funds from companies, foundations and other sources.   If you defund the national service programs, whole organizations will shut down and most will not be able to reopen again even if funding is restored.   
  • Think again and do not cut these funds.

Dear Sir:
The continuing resolution (CR) proposed by the Republicans calls for cutting all funds for AmeriCorps and by doing that cutting Teach for America as well.
  • Communities are counting on AmeriCorps members, national service participants and community volunteers to meet the increased demand for services.
  • In Cincinnati, it would mean no teachers aides for Corryville School or St. Joseph School, closing the West End Emergency Food Center and cutting the heart out of a number of other not-for-profits that serve the community. 
  • The CR will only push unemployment rates up.  Unemployment numbers -- particularly for young people, veterans and military spouses, older Americans and people of color-remain alarmingly high.
  • For Americans who are struggling to find work, national service programs offer participants the opportunity to earn a subsistence-level stipend, develop skills, and create pathways to future employment.  Eliminating programs like AmeriCorps will result in jobs lost for the corps members and the staff who supervise them. 
  • The federal investment made in faith based and community organizations through the Corporation for National and Community Service leverages $799 million in matching funds from companies, foundations and other sources.   If you defund the national service programs, whole organizations will shut down and most will not be able to reopen again even if funding is restored.   
  • Think again and do not cut these funds.


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