Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Voices For National Service Draft Support Letter

*cross-posted from Voices for National Service eNewsletter*

Support of S. 3487, the Serve America Act

Members of ServiceNation and Voices for National Service have drafted a letter of support for the Serve America Act, legislation introduced last week by Senators Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT). The support letter is currently circulating for sign-on, and final copies will be shared with other Members of the Senate to encourage them to co-sponsor S. 3487. The goal is to have at least 100 organizations signed on to this support letter by Friday, September 19.

To add your organization’s name to the growing list of signers, email Greg Propper at Please provide your organization's full name and the name of your CEO or Executive Director.

Click here to review the text of the support letter that will be sent from leaders in the national service field and movement.

Current signers include:

  • Alan Khazei, Founder & CEO, Be the Change, Inc.
  • AnnMaura Connolly, Member, Voices for National Service Steering Committee
  • Bill Basl, Chair, American Association of State Service Commissions
  • Eric Schwarz, President & CEO, Citizen Schools
  • Jacqueline Johnson, Director, Connecticut Commission on Community Service
  • James Cleveland, President, Jumpstart
  • Jason Patnosh, Associate Vice President, National Association of Community Health Centers
  • Jill Pasewalk, CEO, Camp Fire USA
  • John Bridgeland, CEO, Civic Enterprises, LLC
  • Nelda Brown, Executive Director, National Service-Learning Partnership
  • Marguerite Kondracke, President & CEO, America's Promise Alliance
  • Mark Lazzara, Executive Director, Western New York AmeriCorps
  • Martin Weinstein, Executive Director, Bay Area Community Resources, CA AmeriCorps Alliance
  • Michael Brown, Co-Founder & CEO, City Year
  • Michael Rubinger, President, LISC
  • Michelle Nunn, President & CEO, Points of Light Institute
  • Paul Schmitz, President & CEO, Public Allies
  • Sally Prouty, President & CEO, The Corps Network
  • Wendy Kopp, Founder & CEO, Teach for America

Legislative Update Congressional Hearing on National Service Scheduled

The House Education and Labor Committee will hold a full committee hearing titled "Strengthening the Country’s Commitment to National Service" on Wednesday, September 24. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. in room 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Witnesses to be announced.

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