The new era of service and volunteering officially begins October 1, when the Serve America Act goes into effect. As that date approaches, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNS), the agency charged in the act with both expanding existing programs and creating several new programs and initiatives to increase service opportunities and strengthen our civic infrastructure, will host a series of (6) public forums to get input from the public about how to implement the new legislation.
This is an opportunity for you—national service providers, partners, grantees, service members, alumni, non-profits and other stakeholders to contribute your ideas, share your knowledge and experiences and have your say about how this new legislation is implemented.
A mutually beneficial exchange, it’s also an opportunity for CNS to simultaneously engage all Americans, both the benefactors and beneficiaries of service, and draw from the wealth of ideas presented by each side, as it works to implement the new legislation and as CNS develops its new 5 year strategic plan.
The Serve America Act charges the Corporation for National and Community Service and its partners to:
- dramatically expand opportunities for Americans to serve
- focus on critical national issues
- be a catalyst for social innovation
- support the nonprofit sector
To that end, CNS is sponsoring a number of opportunities for public input over the next month, including listening sessions around the country, conference calls, and a web page for submitting your written comments.
The public listening sessions are as follows. Click on the links below for details and RSVP information:
May 13 Springfield, MO — 1:00-4:00 — Register online.
May 14 Columbia, SC — 1:00-4:00 — Register online.
May 20 Washington, DC* — 12:30-2:30 — Register online.
* The May 20 listening session in Washington DC will take place as part of the Corporation’s public Board of Directors meeting. This will be an abbreviated session following conclusion of other Board business.
May 22 Boston, MA — 9:00-12:00 — Register online.
May 27 Salt Lake City, UT — 9:00-12:00 — Register online.
May 28 New Orleans, LA — 1:00-4:00 — Register online.
Potential topics for input, a schedule of conference calls, and details on how you can submit your comments online are forthcoming.
I’ll update this post as more information becomes available, but in the meantime, please check the Serve America Act page on www.NationalService.gov for updates and background on the legislation.
This is your chance to make meaningful contributions to endeavors of profound significance to our nation. Heed the call, step up to the mic and have your say!