How to Change the World With a Phone Call

How many friends do you have that are busy changing the world for the better?

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Now, how many of them have engaged in their world-changing endeavors through programs like AmericorpsTeach for AmericaEqual Justice Works' Summer Corps,Senior CorpsLearn and Save America, or United We Serve? Those friends havebeen touched by the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS).

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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.

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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. 

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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 JusticeSave Service Works. In the future, I have hopes of continuing to represent indigent people through the Americorps program.

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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.

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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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