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NO. R-391.  JOINT RESOLUTION urging Congress to continue funding AmeriCorps*NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps).


   By Senator Dunne,

Whereas, AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CCNS) designed to enable Americans of all ages and backgrounds to give back to their nation through a commitment to national service, and

Whereas, an essential component of the AmeriCorps triad of national service programs, which also includes AmeriCorps*Vista and AmeriCorps*State and National, is AmeriCorps*NCCC, and

Whereas, AmeriCorps*NCCC’s mission is “to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service,” and

Whereas, AmeriCorps*NCCC is modeled on the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps and the United States military, and it is premised “on the belief that civic responsibility is an inherent duty of all citizens,” and

Whereas, five regional campus located in Perry Point, Maryland; Denver, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; Charleston, South Carolina; and Sacramento, California, serve as home base for the volunteers who must make an intensive 10-month commitment, and

Whereas, volunteers are assigned to teams, and after completing their training, the teams are sent to work on intensive short-term projects within their regions under the auspices of local and national nonprofit organizations, schools, municipalities, national and state parks, and Indian tribes, and

Whereas, the team projects include tutoring students, constructing and rehabilitating low-income housing, responding to natural disasters, cleaning up streams, helping communities develop emergency plans, and addressing many other community needs, and

Whereas, in announcing the 2007 CCNS budget, the President has proposed to eliminate AmeriCorps*NCCC, and

Whereas, this unwarranted budget cut would abandon a program that has brought untold benefits to communities across the country and enabled thousands of Americans to serve their nation in a most constructive manner, and

Whereas, although CCNS President David Eisner has indicated that the disaster response activities will be assumed in other CCNS programs, they were not designed to perform these critical tasks that are ideally suited for AmeriCorps*NCCC’s specially trained teams, and

Whereas, in Vermont, the Bennington-Rutland Opportunity Council, the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at the Austine School, ARC of Central Vermont and New Hampshire Valley, the City of Winooski, and the Vermont Department of Veterans’ Affairs have had teams assigned to their organizations, and

Whereas, another Vermont recipient of AmeriCorps*NCCC’s services has been Dream Program Incorporated, a nonprofit corporation for which AmeriCorps*NCCC volunteer teams have tutored and mentored youth, organized communities, and developed trails and major infrastructure facilities at its camp for low-income youngsters, and

Whereas, the story of AmeriCorps*NCCC can be retold by hundreds of other nonprofit organizations nationwide, and

Whereas, the continuation of AmeriCorps*NCCC is essential for both the beneficiaries and the volunteers who derive an especially meaningful life’s experience from their participation, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly urges Congress to continue funding at a reasonable level the AmeriCorps*NCCC program for 2007, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the President of the United States, to Corporation for National Service President David Eisner, and to the members of the Vermont Congressional delegation.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont