Must read news clips from across the country on the fight to save national service and AmeriCorps:
April 19, 2017
The Messenger: Putting a face on budget cuts
By Joe Sutter – If a federal budget proposed by the Trump administration becomes a reality, it could mean an end to the local Foster Grandparents program.
April 18, 2017
Roll Call: Why Congress Should Value, and Keep, AmeriCorps
By Dale Erquiaga – The national service program efficiently lifts America’s most needy schoolchildren
The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Trump Budget Proposal Raises Worries: Could AmeriCorps Disappear?
By Eden Stiffman – Could AmeriCorps, the federal program that has for more than two decades helped supply vital manpower to charities like City Year, simply go away?
Black Enterprise: Why Is the White House Picking on AmeriCorps?
By Robin White Goode – AmeriCorps funding makes up .01% of the federal budget
April 17, 2017
Minnesota Post: U.S. should stoke the fire of national service, not extinguish it
By Jim Scheibel – Completely eliminating the budget of CNCS, the home of AmeriCorps and the Senior Corps, as proposed by President Trump is a tragic mistake.
Belleview News Democrat: Duckworth says AmeriCorps is ‘vital’ to East St. Louis
By Joseph Bustos – During her visit to the center, Duckworth said, “I’m here because I fully support the efforts of the volunteers who are here. I believe strongly we need national service and AmeriCorps program is a way for people to serve in exchange for college money.”
April 16, 2017
The Air Force Times: National service narrows military-civilian divide
By: Army Maj. Gen. Alan B. Salisbury (ret.) – One ray of hope to offset this divide has been a growing interest in national service in a civilian capacity as a way to get more Americans involved.
April 14, 2017
The Topeka Capital- Journal: AmeriCorps provides essential services
By The Capital-Journal Editorial Board – While Topeka welcomes AmeriCorps volunteers, remember that their funding is at risk
Huffington Post: If We Save AmeriCorps, It May End Up Saving Us
By Kevin Ward – In an era defined by divisiveness and polarization, we should be creating ways for Americans to find common ground and develop shared purpose through shared experiences. If we save AmeriCorps from elimination, it might just end up saving us.
The Olympian: Trump’s proposed budget threatens national service
By Robyn Harris – I encourage the Washington state Congressional delegation to fund the Corporation for National and Community Service and let your constituents serve!
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Save the federal AmeriCorps funding that brings teachers to Cleveland
By Kyle Pearce – My story and hundreds others like mine would not have been possible without federal support of AmeriCorps programming
April 13, 2017
Education Post: The White House’s Proposed Budget Cuts to Community Service Programs Will Leave Students Behind
By Christine Poorman and Rebeca Nieves Huffman – AmeriCorps places thousands of young adults into intensive service positions where they make a deep, positive impact on communities with which they engage.
Miami Herald: If Congress kills AmeriCorps, it will kill the American Dream for so many
By Keith Fletcher – The current budget proposed by the White House eliminates AmeriCorps — a vital program helping the nation’s most vulnerable youth — by cutting all funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service. This would be the wrong decision for our community, and our country.
Minnesota Post: Since Trump brought it up (by proposing to cut it down), here’s a look at the reach and impact of the Minnesota Reading Corps
By Erin Hinrichs – One morning last week, far removed from the latest political clamor over President Donald Trump’s proposal to defund national service programs like Reading Corps, a handful of 3- and 4-year-olds at an early learning center in St. Paul were busy building their literacy skills with their Reading Corp tutor, Donna Wiggins.
KOMO News: Conservation, service group funding could take big hit from Trump budget proposal
By Kara Kostanich – President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget cuts would eliminate millions of dollars that fund service and volunteerism in the state of Washington. “It’s been very disappointing,” said Debbie Schuffenhauser who is the executive director of Serve Washington. The Washington Conservation Corps is comprised of 350 AmeriCorp members that work full time during one year of service.
The New Jersery Record: Paterson’s AmeriCorps shows vitality in face of cuts
By Joe Malinconico – Trump budget would eliminate funding for program that puts young adults into service for communities
America Forward Blog: Evidence in Action: Five Stories of How National Service is Delivering Results
By Jessica Crawford – The impact of national service must not be left to statistics alone. It requires testimony from those who have benefited from and succeeded as a result of engaging in national service programs.
City Limits: Cuts to Americorps Would Hurt NYC Communities and Tomorrow’s Leaders
By Jennifer Terry – These grants have allowed more than 5,200 AmeriCorps members in New York alone to address some of New York’s most critical needs – education, Sandy recovery, housing, and support for veterans and their families, for example. What’s more, without CNCS, we would not have AmeriCorps, and I may not have the job I have today.
April 12, 2017
The Washington Post: Haley Barbour: Trump shouldn’t gut the program that helped rescue my state
By Haley Barbour – I was Mississippi governor when Hurricane Katrina landed. National service was critical to serving the taxpayer.
NewsMax: Haley Barbour Urges Trump to Spare National Service Programs From Budget Cuts
By Theodore Bunker – Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour called on President Donald Trump and his Republican colleagues not to gut the national service programs that were “crucial” in responding to Hurricane Katrina.
The Osakis Review: Foster Grandparent Program at risk
By Pat Scherf – A proposal to eliminate the CNCS and all of its programs is included in the new administration’s federal budget proposal. Do not misunderstand. They are not just proposing a cut in the CNCS budget, rather total elimination. All programs would disappear.
Oklahoma Gazette: Proposed federal budget cuts threaten to reduce or eliminate social services and humanities agencies
By Laura Eastes – Oklahoma AmeriCorps administers federal AmeriCorps programs in the state. Its goal is to strengthen communities by assigning members to various nonprofits and initiatives to tackle poverty, literacy, hunger and health challenges.
April 11, 2017
The Christian Science Monitor: A small school caught in the crossfire of AmeriCorps debate
By Ben Rosen – Nativity Preparatory School in New Bedford, Mass., could lose vital funding for most of its teachers if the AmeriCorps program is slashed from the federal budget. But such a threat also exposes the challenge of providing a tuition-free, private school education for students from low-income families.
Rivard Report: National Service: A Solution for Local Communities and Our Country
By Maria Hernandez Ferrier – The White House proposes to eliminate the Corporation for National and Community Service, which would defund beloved service programs like AmeriCorps and cripple numerous local nonprofits who rely on AmeriCorps members to provide essential services to their communities.
Denver Post: Congress should continue funding programs like AmeriCorps
By Margie Thirlby – AmeriCorps has a long history of bipartisan support. I am counting on our members of Congress to continue that legacy of support for this cost-effective, results-driven resource for our community.
Creative Loafing: FoodCorps looks to the future
By Grace Huseth – Amid Trump’s aggressive budget cuts, the AmeriCorps grantee strives to keep bringing healthy food to schools
April 10, 2017
CBS13: Bera Raises Awareness of AmeriCorps cuts in White House Budget
Rep. Bera joined AmeriCorps members at the American River Parkway in Rancho Cordova
Steamboat Today: Proposed elimination of AmeriCorps would have significant impact on Steamboat nonprofits
By Teresa Ristow – Van De Carr said she estimates the elimination of AmeriCorps and other potential federal cuts could lead to a 50 to 75 percent reduction in Rocky Mountain Youth Corps programming.
April 9, 2017
The Joplin Globe: Our view: Loss of community
By The Editorial Board – Constituent fears of losing programs such as the Retired Senior Volunteer Program or AmeriCorps — two community service organizations that have made significant impacts on the Joplin area — have even the most conservative legislators speaking out in hopes of softening President Donald Trump’s budget proposal.
Bristol Herald Courier: Defunding community service programs is bad all around
By Terry C. Frye – Eliminating CNCS and its core programs, including AmeriCorps, would have a crippling impact on our community, devastating local organizations that leverage AmeriCorps funding to engage citizens in service and to cultivate matching support from nonfederal sources.
April 8, 2017
The Post and Courier: AmeriCorps is a pathway from prison to success
By Timothy Gunn – I share my story in hopes that, when it comes time to vote on a budget, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Tim Scott, and Rep. James Clyburn recognize that cutting this patriotic program would be an enormous blow to some of our most at-risk youth and communities.
The Joplin Globe: Trump’s budget could eliminate federal funding for ‘superhero’ program
By Emily Younker – AmeriCorps, Senior Corps volunteers anxious about funding proposal
April 7, 2017
Forward: Cutting Volunteering Programs Is A National Disservice
By Leah Koenig – Those who value the power of service to heal and strengthen communities are troubled by the budget proposal – including large bipartisan coalitions of America’s mayors and governors.
April 6, 2017
Reuters: We should nurture, not ax, U.S. programs for older volunteers
By Mark Miller – The call to pull the plug on CNCS underscores the administration’s misplaced values, and should be resisted strongly. Senior Corps does not just “sound good” – it actually is good.
The Austin American-Statesman: Superintendents: Cuts to AmeriCorps funding will hurt Texas students
By Central Texas Superintendents – The White House budget recently released would eliminate the Corporation for National and Community Service that administers AmeriCorps, a program that provides essential, evidence-based programs that contribute significantly to Central Texas schools.
The Tulsa Voice: Place a call – Advocate to keep Teach for America and City Year funded
By Jim Langdon – Unless our elected representatives in Washington vote to reject the Trump administration’s call for eliminating funding for CNCS, the national service program will die beyond current federal funding. Buried with it will be Teach For America and City Year
The Bulletin: Funds for mentorship, other programs are at risk
By Deborah Goodall – Unfortunately, a significant source of the federal funding that helps support Heart of Oregon Corps and Northwest Youth Corps is threatened by the White House’s budget that eliminates the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the agency which administers AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs.
April 5, 2017
The Missourian: AmeriCorps in danger from cuts
By Toni Messina – National service is worth saving. Let’s all of us find our voices and work to maintain this investment.
April 4, 2017
CitiesSpeak: City Leaders Get Things Done. So Do National Service Programs.
By Gil Ziffer – I hope you will join me in fighting to ensure that CNCS remains an agency dedicated to service by sharing with our members of Congress how this funding is critical to communities across the nation.
KCRG-TV9: Dubuque mayor to fight to keep AmeriCorps funding
By Katie Wiedemann – Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol says he’ll fight to keep federal funding for the AmeriCorps program that President Trump has proposed cutting.
Jobs for the Future: JFF Staff Respond to the Skinny Budget: How National Service Programs Make Our Communities Stronger
By Rachel Pleasants McDonnell – We are disheartened to see something as essential as public service identified as a target for cuts. These programs play a critical role in cultivating the next generation of people committed to careers that make our society stronger.
April 3, 2017
ABC FOX Montana: MT Supreme Court Justices send letter to state’s US Senators
By Cassidy Belus – Montana Supreme Court Justices address Senator Jon Tester (D) and Senator Steve Daines (R) with concerns about funding for legal services and AmericCorps.
March 31, 2017
Rep. Susan Davis Calls on Trump to Restore Cuts to National Service (Press Release)
U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA), a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, called on President Trump to restore his proposed cuts to the Corporation for National and Community Service. Trump’s budget eliminates all funding for CNCS.
Burlington Free Press: AmeriCorps worthwhile investment
By Rep. Kesha Ram (D-Burlington) and Rep. Corey Parent (R-St.Albans) – We thank our federal delegation for their commitment to opportunities for the next generation, and we recognize this budget leaves no easy choices. We urge them to make expanding national service a top priority so that every young American has an opportunity to serve.
March 30, 2017
CNN: Proposed budget cuts for 2017 include AIDS, AmeriCorps programs
By Gregory Wallace – The proposal calls for cuts to service programs: $439 million from AmeriCorps, $66 million from a related program called Senior Corps and $434 million from the Senior Community Service Employment Program.
The Advocate: National service is a smart investment for Louisiana
By Cordell Haymon and Laura C. Poché – Elimination of these essential national service programs would have a devastating impact on our state.
March 29, 2017
Billings Gazette: Keep AmeriCorps working for Montana
By Heather Margolis – For the good of all of Montanans, U.S. Sen. Daines and U.S. Sen. Tester, please reject the elimination of CNCS and support AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, Senior Corps’ Foster Grandparents, Retired Senior Volunteers and Senior Companions
March 28, 2017
USA Today: Mr. Trump, Don’t boost our budgets while cutting education: Charter school CEOs
By Dacia Toll, Richard Barth and Brett Peiser – AmeriCorps, which creates opportunities for tens of thousands of young Americans to serve their communities, has proved vital to our nation’s efforts to inspire a new generation of teachers. AmeriCorps, and other teacher recruitment, training and preparation programs, should be invested in, not abandoned.
NewsOn6: Volunteers Worry Federal Budget Cuts Would Damage Tulsa Reading Partners
By Craig Day – President Donald Trump’s budget proposal includes $54 billion in cuts to a wide range of programs. Some worry those cuts could have a trickle-down effect, impacting children in Tulsa who struggle with reading.
Charleston Gazette-Mail: Capito should support AmeriCorps funding
By Ace Parsi – When Trump’s proposed budget comes before Congress, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., who sits on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, should stand up for West Virginian values…and protect the AmeriCorps program
Washington Monthly: Engaging Seniors In National Service
By Trent Stamp – A California foundation creates opportunities for seniors to serve and mentor upcoming generations.
March 27, 2017
Chicago Tribune: National service programs save taxpayers money. Why would we defund them?
As Congress weighs the purpose and cost of the programs it saves from the proposed cuts, we hope its members recognize that AmeriCorps is not a program Illinois, or our nation, can afford to lose.
Cincinnati Enquirer: National service at the heart of what America is all about
By John M. Bridgeland – As we move to an era of smaller government, our nation needs to play to its strength by ramping up the institutions of civil society and the role of citizens in communities to solve public challenges
Providence Journal: Proposed cuts to AmeriCorps could be ‘devastating’ in R.I.
By Linda Borg – If the national AmeriCorps budget is eliminated under President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget, Rhode Island will lose more than $5 million. But the program’s value cannot be measured in dollars alone
March 26, 2017
Valley News: Upper Valley Agencies Wary of Trump Budget
By By Tim Camerato – Budget cuts would also eliminate he Corporation for National and Community Service, which could lead to the closing of the council’s RSVP Volunteer Center
March 25, 2017
CommonWealth: Spare service programs from budget ax
By Stephen Goldsmith and Alan Solomont – Now more than ever, feds must invest in opportunities to serve
Detroit Free Press: Trump budget cuts would make life miserable for many
By Nancy Kaffer – About 24% of City Year Detroit’s annual $3.5-million budget comes through AmeriCorps, in turn funded by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service. Trump’s budget proposal eliminates that funding entirely.
Waco Tribune Herald: Trump budget could hurt Habitat for Humanity, local housing endeavors
By Brian Coats – One reason I work with Habitat is because it offers a hand up, not a hand out. If these cuts are approved by Congress, they will devastate Habitat’s ability to offer that hand up.
Panama City News Herald: Bay County service providers weigh Trump’s budget proposal
By Eryn Dion – The proposed budget also would devastate the local AmeriCorps program, said John Schaffer, director of the AmeriCorps Goodwill GoodWorks! Career Training Center
Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Cutting public service programs won’t lead to our success
By Joe McCarty – Why is the president proposing to kill the funding for AmeriCorps and the Montana Conservation Corps? This represents .03 percent of the federal budget.
Yakima Herald: Keep AmeriCorps funding
By Douglas Lyons – The White House’s budget proposal aims to eliminate all funding to AmeriCorps. As a former AmeriCorps member and former Yakima resident, I believe that now more than ever we need to continue to invest in our communities and our youth.
March 24, 2017
MinnPost: Congress should oppose Trump proposal to eliminate national service programs
By Jim Kielsmeier, Amy Meuers and Jon Schroeder – AmeriCorps, VISTA and Senior Corps would be eliminated under the Trump administration’s 2018 budget proposal, unveiled March 16. These and other national service programs are funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service.
The Missoulan: A plea to support national service for young Montanans
By James Burchfield – By denying funding to the parent organization of AmeriCorps, the Corporation for National Community Service, through a slash and burn assault on the best elements of the federal budget, Washington’s leaders are cutting off the future.
The Citizen: Auburn City Council opposes Trump’s proposed cuts to community development block grants
By Gwendolyn Craig – A few also spoke out against the president’s additional proposal to cut the Corporation for National and Community Service, Senior Corps and Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
March 23, 2017
The Advocate: The kids who learned to serve
By Lanny Keller – The lesson of service is perhaps not a quantifiable output for the modest amounts of federal money spent on City Year — much more is raised from the private sector — but Franson has been able to pay off some student loans with the stipend from her City Year service up north, and will get a similar benefit after her TFA stint.
MagicValley.com: Budget cuts threaten Habitat for Humanity
By Tetona Dunlap – Eliminating or reducing funding for these housing programs would exacerbate local housing shortages and increase the burden of housing costs on families in need of housing stability
The University News: White House budget would make America less great
By The University News Editorial Board – Loss of funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service would particularly hit home for St. Louis. AmeriCorps St. Louis, which has its headquarters in Soulard, employs 35 Emergency Response Team members and three VISTAS.
March 22, 2017
Politico: Trump’s budget: Where’s the evidence?
By Danny Vinik – The CNCS represents less than 2 percent of Trump’s cuts to domestic spending—and 0.02 percent of all government spending. The budget blueprint cuts it entirely.
March 21, 2017
The Observer: Habitat for Humanity CEO: Keep AmeriCorps in the National Budget
By Karen Haycox – The elimination of CNCS would eliminate the national service program known as AmeriCorps, a veritable civilian army of teachers, engineers, construction workers, healthcare workers and more
Fox21 Minnesota: Federal Budget Cuts Could Impact Foster Grandparent Program
By Brett Scott – The Grandparent Program helps save $2 million dollars in the local economy each year.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Eliminating AmeriCorps would hurt the region
By Kathleen Becherer – Where would our country be without the 80,000 AmeriCorps members currently engaged in community service? It’s a scary thought to contemplate, but we must.
March 20, 2017
The Boston Globe: City Year says Trump’s proposed cuts would devastate popular school programs
By James Vaznis – Trump is calling for the elimination of the Corporation for National and Community Service, including its signature AmeriCorps program, which provides more than $48 million in funding to City Year and a host of other programs in Massachusetts
The Hill: Why AmeriCorps is a program conservatives should love
By Joel Berg – Conservatives should embrace AmeriCorps as a model of how to boost self-reliance and empower communities.
Forbes: When Volunteering Is All In The Family
By Chris Farrell – At a time when the popular narrative about relations between the generations suggests there’s a brewing conflict over scarce resources, multigenerational volunteering is a heartening sign
Black Enterprise: Trump Budget Proposal Threatens AmeriCorps Program
By Robin White Goode – Some AmeriCorps members work directly in schools, however, making a difference in the lives of students whose schools have few resources.
Go Local Providence: Trump Budget Proposal Makes Draconian Cuts to Aging Programs
By Herb Weiss – Trump’s budget proposal eliminates the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which funds volunteer programs that serve distressed communities and vulnerable population, says Firman, noting that three Senior Corps programs (the Foster Grandparent Program, Senior Companion Program, and Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), will lose funding.
Public News Service: AmeriCorps on Chopping Block in Trump Budget
Every day, 1,400 AmeriCorps service members assist in environmental cleanup, preservation, health education and other community needs in North Carolina. But that assistance would end if President Trump’s budget is passed as is.
March 19, 2017
The Washington Post: AmeriCorps helps both servers and served
By Heather Jones – We should be encouraging more Americans, not fewer, to do national service. It helps the communities that are served but also those who are serving. I ask Congress to support AmeriCorps because it makes our nation stronger.
Charleston Gazette-Mail: AmeriCorps, still doing work in flood zone, facing Trump budget cut
By Lori Kersey – President Donald Trump has proposed cutting funding to the CNCS, which oversees the AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs.
WJSM: United Way Calls For Preservation Of AmeriCorps
The president’s budget proposal is calling for the elimination of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which is best known for its AmeriCorps program, and that’s got the United Way of Southwest Michigan concerned.
March 18, 2017
Tulsa World: Save AmeriCorps funding, for Tulsa’s sake
By Denita White – Federal funding for AmeriCorps is under threat of elimination. My students and students across Oklahoma need our congressional delegation to continue their support for this critical community resource.
Mad River Union: Americorps braces for Trump cuts
By Daniel Mintz – U.S. President Donald Trump is reportedly cutting domestic programs in an effort to open up funding for a $54 billion increase in military spending and other aspects of his political platform.
Union Times: Support AmeriCorps and other CNCS programs
By Libby Nickel Baker – I encourage all community members in Milaca and Princeton to reach out to their representatives in Congress to voice their support for AmeriCorps and other CNCS programs
March 16, 2017
Money: Trump’s Budget Would Kill the Beloved Volunteer Program AmeriCorps
By Kaitlin Mulhere – President Trump’s new budget would completely cut funding for the program—and with it, hundreds of thousands of dollars in college funding that AmeriCorps’ provides to volunteers would disappear.
The Kansas City Star: President’s budget proposal hits Trump voters the hardest
By The Kansas City Star Editorial Board – The budget eliminates the Corporation for National and Community Service, the parent group for what’s known as the domestic Peace Corps. This year, there are 362 AmeriCorps workers in Kansas City, providing services in schools and nutrition programs.
Phoenix New Times: Here’s What Trump’s Proposed Budget Would Do for Arizona
By Ray Stern – The federal budget cut would kill the Americorps program in the United States, said Ben Olson, director of the AmeriCorps program Arizona Serve in Prescott.
NJ.com: 7 ways Trump’s spending plan would affect education in N.J.
By Kelly Heyboer and Adam Clark – AmeriCorps, the national service program known as the “domestic Peace Corp,” would also be eliminated in Trump’s budget.
March 15, 2017
South Bend Tribune: Eliminating AmeriCorps would be a short-sighted mistake
By Jennifer Knapp Beudert – America cannot afford to cut the AmeriCorps program from the federal budget. The real potential for damage in the long-term far outweighs the illusion of a few dollars saved now.
March 14, 2017
Sierra Club: AmeriCorps and Youth Education Programs on the Chopping Block
By Jackie Ostfeld – According to a draft budget memo, AmeriCorps has been singled out for complete elimination by the President.
March 13, 2017
Cleveland Plain Dealer: President Trump can unite nation behind expanded national service
By John Bridgeland – As President Trump sets his vision and agenda for the next four years and Republican and Democratic members of Congress and governors work to find common ground, national service could bring them together around a big idea that could help heal a divided nation.
Center for American Progress: Proposed Cuts to AmeriCorps Would Be Devastating for Education Reform
By Lisette Partelow and Kami Spicklemire – Without national service programs and their cadre of dedicated volunteers, education reform could come to a grinding halt, as these programs and services would be far too expensive to provide without the assistance of volunteers. This makes the most recent proposal to eliminate these programs particularly concerning for the education community.
March 12, 2017
Valley Star: Don’t cut AmeriCorps, Senior Corps
By Bonnie Brown Raymondville – I completely agree with President Trump who said in the State of the Union address last week that we need to cut the exploding federal budget. But I couldn’t disagree more with recent news reports that one way to do this is to cut AmeriCorps and Senior Corps.
The Durango Herald: Celebrate Americorps, national service
By Kevin Heiner – The next time you see an individual with the AmeriCorps “A” on their sleeve, consider thanking them for their service and advocating to members of Congress to save AmeriCorps and national service.
March 11, 2017
Tulsa World: AmeriCorps funding in danger
By The World’s Editorial Writers – Stories coming out of Washington suggest that the Corporation for National and Community Service — which oversees successful programs such as AmeriCorps and the Senior Corps — could be targeted for elimination in the forthcoming Trump budget. That would be an enormous mistake that would be felt hard locally.
The Durango Herald: AmeriCorps exemplifies American values
By Amy Sovocool – Funding for AmeriCorps and national service is currently in jeopardy. This is unfortunate because it is a worthy program with a clear alignment with values embraced by all Americans.
March 10, 2017
Portland Business Journal: Former Fred Meyer CEO on the fight to save AmeriCorps
By Ken Thrasher – I challenge the public, businesses, politicians and others to strongly oppose this cut. It’s not good for our youth, our community, our businesses, or our country’s future.
The Detroit News: The case for City Year Detroit
By Andrew Stein – At a time of deep partisan divide, we need more initiatives that cut across party lines and spur collaboration. We also need to invest in evidence-based, cost-effective, locally controlled strategies to improve student outcomes in Detroit’s public education system and build our city’s future workforce.
March 9, 2017
Politico: Republicans sign letter urging Trump not to cut AmeriCorps funding
By Madeline Conway – A group of Republican donors and former elected officials is urging President Donald Trump not to cut funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers AmeriCorps, the public service work program for young people.
KUNC: Cutting AmeriCorps May Hurt Colorado Students Already In Need
By Ann Marie Awad – AmeriCorps — the long-running public service program administered by the federal government — may be on the chopping block. According to The New York Times, one of the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts is the Corporation for National and Community Service, the office that oversees AmeriCorps.
March 8, 2017
Washington Monthly: Make AmeriCorps Great Again
By Steven Waldman – AmeriCorps is actually perfectly situated to help Trump serve his voters on three issues in particular: Veterans, The Opioid Epidemic, and Jobs
East Bay Times: Oakland college students turn their lives around, now here comes Trump’s first budget
By Gary Peterson – Potential cuts to AmeriCorps could put Civicorps, a West Oakland-based nonprofit with charter high school and job-training components, at risk.
March 7, 2017
Daily Bruin: Trump’s proposed funding cuts have potential impact on student volunteers
By Ryan Leou – President Donald Trump proposed allocating less funding for Corporation for National and Community Service, which provides funding for programs such as Americorps, Teach for America and City Year, according to The New York Times.
March 6, 2017
WDTV: Potential AmeriCorps cuts could hurt local organizations
By Lauren McMillen – The Trump administration has laid out a list of potential organizations that could soon face budget cuts and one of those is AmeriCorps. Here in the Mountain State, nearly 4,000 people serve in the service programs, but without enough funding many of these programs could take a huge hit.
KOCO News: Federal program to help bring teachers to Oklahoma could be eliminated
By Crystal Price – Potential cuts to AmeriCorps could impact schools in Oklahoma, possibly eliminating 370 Teach Fora America teachers in the state.
March 4, 2017
The New York Times: Travel Abroad, in Your Own Country
By Roger Cohen – If Trump is serious about rekindling America’s spirit, a G.I. Bill for civilian national service would go a lot further than the 10 percent increase in military spending he’s seeking in his first budget.
USA Today College: AmeriCorps helps thousands of students get to college. Trump’s budget may axe it
By Toni Airaksinen – AmeriCorps was invaluable to Melinda Dang — and many other students. But it’s in trouble. According to the New York Times, the White House budget office has drafted a list of programs to axe in efforts to trim domestic spending.
March 2, 2017
The Atlantic: How President Trump’s Federal Budget Would Hinder Poor Students
By Cassi Feldman, Eric Gorski – President Donald Trump is set to propose slashing the AmeriCorps program from the federal budget, according to a document obtained by The New York Times. That would cost more than 11,000 schools support they use to help students who’ve fallen behind, build playgrounds, and offer after-school programs.
Sacramento Bee: Republicans should embrace AmeriCorps, not kill it
By John Lambeth and Ray McNally – Rather than killing AmeriCorps, congressional Republicans and the Trump administration should embrace it as a federal program that is precisely what we preach – lean, close to home and actually working.
March 1, 2017
EdWeek: Teacher Programs Face Loss of Funding With Trump’s Proposed AmeriCorps Cut
By Madeline Will – AmeriCorps could be on the chopping block in President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal—and with it, several programs that support teachers, including Teach for America, could lose significant amounts of funding.
WGBH: 8th Grade Academy
By Adam Reilly – Citizen Schools, an innovative program which gets involved with middle schoolers early in order to ensure they’re ready for the challenges of high school, is at risk with potential cuts to AmeriCorps.
February 28, 2017
WVNS: AmeriCorps VISTA Beckley Office Hangs in the Balance of Presidential Budget
By Joe Putrelo – Popular domestic programs like AmeriCorps could be on the chopping block, causing poverty assistance agencies like the AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America, or VISTA, in Beckley to lose its funding.
February 27, 2017
The Daily Beast: The Republican Case for Saving AmeriCorps
By Stephen Goldsmith – I was dubious when George W. Bush put me in charge of the agency administering AmeriCorps. But I saw the good in it—and we made it better. The administration should spare it.
The Oklahoman & The Tulsa World: Agencies in Oklahoma worry about fate of AmeriCorps
By Silas Allen – Amid reports that Trump administration officials have targeted the AmeriCorps program for elimination, Oklahoma organizations that rely on the program are worried about what the future will bring.
February 26, 2017
South Bend Tribune: Federal cuts could slash community programs in St. Joseph County
By Joseph Dits – The losses in AmeriCorps workers would be “devastating,” said Jennifer Knapp Beudert, manager of the Robinson Community Learning Center, which relies on 30 of them to run educational programs both in its center in South Bend and at 17 schools and eight agencies.
February 25, 2017
The Inter-Mountain: AmeriCorps program helps us all
By Dr. Heather Biola – The New York Times reported that the Corporation for National and Community Service including AmeriCorps will be among federal programs Trump’s Administration may eliminate. Cutting AmeriCorps would be a sad mistake that would harm many good programs in West Virginia.
February 24, 2017
Pilot Tribune: AmeriCorps under fire, The Bridge urges support
By Dana Larsen – Leaders of The Bridge neighborhood ministry in Storm Lake took to social media this week to urge supporters to help save AmeriCorps programs.
Pacific Standard: Don’t Kill AmeriCorps
By Jimmy Tobias – The indispensable federal program provides public service jobs to tens of thousands of young people, yet some want to destroy it.
February 23, 2017
ChalkBeat: Trump’s proposed AmeriCorps cuts would trim .03 percent of the federal budget — but slash support at 11,000 schools
By Cassi Feldman, Eric Gorski – President Donald Trump is set to propose slashing the AmeriCorps program from the federal budget, according to a document obtained by The New York Times. That would cost more than 11,000 schools support that they use to help students who’ve fallen behind, build playgrounds, and offer after-school programs.
Billings Gazette: Possible AmeriCorps elimination would affect several Billings-area agencies
By Mike Ferguson – A Trump administration proposal that might eliminate the AmeriCorps program from the 2017-18 federal budget will affect a number of Billings-area programs, according to local organizations.
Wisconsin State Journal: AmeriCorps cut won’t help budget
By Robin Mittenthal
February 20, 2017
Inside Higher Ed: Trump May Try to Kill AmeriCorps
By Scott Jaschik – The Trump administration is circulating a list of programs to eliminate — and it includes the Corporation for National and Community Service, the agency that finances AmeriCorps, which places young people in service positions in which they earn money for student aid or to repay student loans.
February 17, 2017
The New York Times: Popular Domestic Programs Face Ax Under First Trump Budget
By Sharon LaFraniere And Alan Rappeport – The White House budget office has drafted a hit list of programs that President Trump could eliminate to trim domestic spending, including longstanding conservative targets like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Legal Services Corporation, AmeriCorps and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities.
The Huffington Post: In Budget Math, Make National Service A Priority
By Eric Tanenblatt – Civilian national service—responding to Hurricanes on the coast and tornadoes in the plains or teaching inner-city youth—transcends partisan divides in the same was as military service. They both make for better citizens and a stronger nation. Accordingly, they both deserve steady federal support.
February 15, 2017
The Hill: Bringing Americans together through national service
By Anthony J. Principi – America is great today. But if we truly want to make it greater, national service is a good place to start.