Yesterday the Senate Appropriations Committee recommended $1.157B to fund the Corporation for National and Community Service implementation of the Kennedy Serve America Act.
The figure is greater than the $1.149B requested by President Obama, the $1.059B that the House of Representatives passed in its appropriations bill, and the 2009 fiscal year budget of the Corporation.
The Senate Appropriations Committee, chaired by Senators Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) and Thad Cochran (R-MS), issued a statement:
The bill includes $1.157 billion for the Corporation for National and Community Service. This level is $267 million above the fiscal year 2009 enacted level. The Committee recommendation puts AmeriCorps on the path to 250,000 members, the goal approved by Congress earlier this year in the SERVE America Act. The Continue reading
Update August 7th, 2009: RPCV Aaron Williams (Dominican Republic 67-70) has been confirmed to become the 18th Director of the Peace Corps. The United States Senate unanimously confirmed his nomination today in one of its final actions before a five week recess. Read more.
This post is by Erica Burman of the National Peace Corps Association, and originally appeared on The Peace Corps Polyglot blog.
Aaron Williams at his confirmation hearing yesterday
It was an exciting afternoon on Capitol Hill as [Returned Peace Corps Volunteer] Aaron Williams (Dominican Republic 67-70), President Obama’s nominee to be the next Director of Peace Corps, went before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The meeting was chaired by Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT), who also served in the Dominican Republic.
Both Dodd and Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) expressed support for Williams. Dodd said he is excited at the prospects of working with Williams, while Isakson added “I commend the President on your appointment.” Dodd says he plans to speak with Senate leadership to see if the confirmation can be completed before Congress breaks next week for its August recess.
The hour-long hearing included a question and answer session in which Williams indicated he wants to engage in a listening tour to engage the Peace Corps community, a “very rich and diverse population.”
Williams noted he wants to look at every possible process Peace Corps is involved in, and conduct a wide-ranging Continue reading
A study published by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) yesterday details the latest volunteering trends.
Volunteering in America 2009, the latest version of an annual report that looks at volunteerism in the United States, shows a slight increase in the number of volunteers in 2008. A companion website also called Volunteering in America offers links to summaries of the report and a look at volunteering trends in the 50 states and nearly 200 cities.
Last year, a million more people age 16 and older volunteered (without pay) at organizations than in 2007. 61.8 million people (26.4 percent of the adult population) volunteered 8 billion hours of their time through organizations. CNCS Continue reading
Saturday, a New York Times editorial argued strongly for full funding of the Kennedy Serve America Act — the appropriation for which will be considered this week in the Senate.
Last week, the House of Representatives appropriated $90M less to implement the Kennedy Serve America Act than Pres. Obama requested in his proposed budget. In response, The New York Times printed an editorial urging Congress to fund the Act which was passed into law in April and could greatly expand the AmeriCorps family of programs and the number Continue reading