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ACTION: Dodd to introduce AmeriCorps Act of 2008 this Friday



This Friday, May 16th, U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT) will introduce the AmeriCorps Act of 2008.

The AmeriCorps Act of 2008 will:

  • Raise the education Eli Segal Education Award from $4,725 to $6,185 and raise the award each subsequent year to represent the average cost of tuition and required fees at a 4-year public university;
  • Make the education award tax exempt;
  • Restore the Corporation’s previous authority to partner with other Federal agencies to use national service as a strategy to carry out Departments’ priorities; and,
  • Promote the Corporation for National and Community Service to Cabinet level status.

Since inception in 1994, AmeriCorps has encouraged over 540,000 citizens to volunteer, serve, and address the unmet needs of our nation. These citizens have given over 700,000,000 hours toward improving the lives of other Americans.

Your phone call to Washington is critical to ensuring this legislation passes, so please call your Senators today to urge them to become original co sponsors.  The deadline is tomorrow, Thursday at 4:00pm EST.

It will only take 2 minutes to call.  Here is what you need to do:

  1. Call the Capitol Operator at (202) 224-3121 to be connected to your Senators.
  2. Ask your Senators to be original co-sponsors of the AmeriCorps Act of 2008.
  3. To co-sponsor, interested offices should contact Mary Ellen McGuire with Senator Dodd’s office by email: MaryEllen_McGuire@help.senate.gov. Deadline for co-sponsors is tomorrow, Thursday at 4:00pm.
  4. Build power in numbers – ask two other people in your state to call your Senators, as well.  Three voices are louder than just one!

Thanks for taking action and helping to grow AmeriCorps!

Please forward THIS LINK to a friend and check back for details on how you can help to further support the AmeriCorps Act of 2008 and make National Service a national priority!



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Iowa considers making AmeriCorps living allowance and Segal Education Award tax-exempt


Yesterday, Sandra Hansen, Executive Director of Iowa Campus Compact, sent us an email with news of some exciting political happenings in the Hawkeye State!

Each year college students spend millions of hours volunteering to make their communities a better place to live. … Iowa has the chance to set a new precedent for National Service by exempting the living allowance and Education Award from being taxed. … This is something that needs to be acted on quickly.

If you live in Iowa and would like to take action or simply want to learn more about this exciting piece of legislation, click here for text of the entire email.  The National Service Express will get into Des Moines in just a couple short weeks.  We’ll have the full story for you then! 

This is not the first time that the value of the Eli Segal Education Award, given at the successful completion of AmeriCorps members’ term of service, has been under scrutiny.  Originally designed to give civic-minded Americans access to and opportunity through higher education, the Segal Education Award has, over time, lost its value with the rising costs of college.  Last week, we met Devin and Peter, who are on a similar crusade in Minnesota.

In October, U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton announced her plan to increase the Segal Education Award from $4,725 to $10,000 at Plymouth State University.  Following the event, Senator Clinton also signed the ServeNext Presidential Pledge to Expand National Service, which supports an increase in AmeriCorps’ ranks by 100,000 members beflre the end of the next President’s first term.

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