Mayors Support Service in COVID-19 Response

Voices for National Service and Cities of Service are coordinating a Mayors letter in support of S.3624  and H.R. 6702, the Pandemic Response and Opportunity Through National Service Act.

To add your Mayor’s name to this letter, please fill out the form below by 5pm ET Monday, May 18, 2020.

The Pandemic Response and Opportunity Through National Service Act is a bipartisan bill that will:

  • Fund 750,000 national service positions over a three-year response and recovery period.
  • Create a partnership between AmeriCorps and CDC inspired by FEMA Corps to provide for additional response surge capacity that could be deployed to specific areas as needed.
  • Provide flexibilities for AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs quickly to grow and respond to dynamic local recovery needs.
  • Prioritize funding for activities directly related to our response and recovery, such as:
    • Public health services,
    • Emergency logistics,
    • Workforce and reemployment services,
    • Education support (including for adult learners), and
    • Services that combat nutrition insecurity.
  • Ensure that individuals’ financial resources do not limit participation by increasing the AmeriCorps living allowance to 175 percent of the federal poverty line and tying the value of the Segal Education Award to the cost of two years of public university tuition, harmonizing the treatment of both with other programs by making them nontaxable.
  • Fund new online tools for Senior Corps to safely move to a teleservice model.
  • Invite participation by a diverse range of Americans by launching an awareness and outreach campaign on response service opportunities and supporting the Volunteer Generation Fund.

A one pager on the bill can be found here. A copy of the legislative text can be found here.

Here are links to press releases from the congressional sponsors of H.R. 6702 and S. 3624.

To add a Mayor to this sign-on letter, please fill out the form below by 5pm ET, Monday, May 18, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@voicesforservice.org

  • Please add my name to this letter in support of the Pandemic Response and Opportunity Through National Service Act. If you are not the mayor whose name will appear on the letter, checking this box affirms that you were given permission to add the signer's name. (Please note, bold text indicates a selection)