How to Change the World With a Phone Call
By grinnellian on March 15, 2011
How many friends do you have that are busy changing the world for the better?
Now, how many of them have engaged in their world-changing endeavors through programs like Americorps, Teach for America, Equal Justice Works' Summer Corps,Senior Corps, Learn and Save America, or United We Serve? Those friends havebeen touched by the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS).
Formally created in 1993, CNCS's history can actually be tracked back to 1903 with the Cooperative Education Movement. This movement was founded in the idea that classroom-based education should be supplemented with practical work experience. What a fitting history for an agency which has jump-started millions of social good careers with practical, service-oriented experiences.
Today, this incredible agency could potentially be destroyed. Three weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed a bill (H.R. 1) that eliminates funding for CNCS and all of its programs. The Senate is voting today whether to accept the House cuts or instead pass a budget that will fund CNCS for one more year.
I couldn't feel more tied to this issue. Last summer, I was able to volunteer to represent indigent prisoners on death row because of a grant from Equal Justice Works. In the future, I have hopes of continuing to represent indigent people through the Americorps program.
Please visit the Save Service in America website for clear and easy instructions on how you can call your two senators and ask them to save CNCS. I timed myself! It took exactly 3 minutes for me to call and request this of both of Iowa's senators.
With one (well... two senators, so two!) phone calls you'll be saving a program which enables millions of Social Superheroes to change the world for the better. Please lend them a hand.
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