Tell senators to protect the work of service volunteers

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would make deep cuts in government spending for the rest of the fiscal year. The House vote is the first step in the legislative process.

The Senate and president now have the opportunity to shape and influence the final bill. The Corporation for National and Community Service, which include AmeriCorps, and Senior Corps, is slated for elimination.

If the bill passes as is, our communities will lose the Foster Grandparents Program, the Senior Companion Program the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and the AmeriCorps — jeopardizing service in education, affordable housing, youth development, independent living for elderly, health care and nutrition providing critical services in our communities.

Eliminating programs that mobilize volunteers to address our most challenging community issues will only create the need to spend big in other ways that we have yet to realize in the absence of these programs.

Help protect the dedicated work of national service volunteers by contacting Sen. Franken and Sen. Klobuchar. Ask them to pass a continuing resolution that restores funding to CNCS.


Vicki Snyder

Olmsted County Program Coordinator

Common Good RSVP Catholic Charities

Diocese of Winona

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