On Sept. 15th, hundreds of SCA alumni and friends joined thousands of service advocates in calling Congress to show their support of national service programs, like Americorp. SCA supporters made up nearly 20 percent of the calls made to Congress.
Before Thanksgiving, Congress must identify $3 trillion in federal budget cuts and by all accounts the funds for national and community service are primed for elimination. As a key member of the Save Service coalition, SCA is appealing to its constituents to take action.
Youth service strengthens individuals and communities. It builds experience and generates jobs. It is an investment in our future. SCA members alone render more than two million hours of conservation service every year in America’s parks, forests, refuges and communities. Countless park rangers, wildlife biologists, environmental educators and others started their careers through SCA service programs.
Many of SCA’s programs rely on national service funding to implement our youth conservation and job training programs. In addition, endless numbers of national parks, historic and cultural sites rely on these youth service programs to tackle a backlog of maintenance issues.
As American policymakers consider a proposal that would zero out funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service, SCA will continue to mobilize its alumni, parents and friends in support of the service programs that so many of our youth rely on.
Please stay tuned as we continue to share updates and ways you can get involved in the Save Service campaign.
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