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Petitioning Senator Harry Reid
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Senator Harry Reid

Support the AmeriCorps Program

Legislation has been proposed that would cut federal funding for the AmeriCorps program, which is the domestic equivalent to the Peace Corps for U.S. citizens to serve communities in need, including Global Green in New Orleans, Habitat for Humanity in LA, and many other worthy organizations.


Letter to
Senator Harry Reid
Support the AmeriCorps Program

Legislation has been proposed that would cut federal funding for the AmeriCorps program, which is the domestic equivalent to the Peace Corps for U.S. citizens to serve communities in need, including Global Green in New Orleans, Habitat for Humanity in LA, and many other worthy organizations.

These organizations who benefit from the VISTA program have been allowed to expand their programs by developing infrastructure, providing technical assistance, and helping thousands more people than would otherwise have been possible.

VISTA members have helped Global Green advance their work in New Orleans and on the Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill devastated the region. Global Green's efforts to rebuild New Orleans, beginning with the Holy Cross Project -- a sustainable village in the Lower 9th Ward and extending to our new NOLA Wise program to weatherize homes, have been able to thrive because of help from VISTAs members. VISTAs have worked on efforts to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, and wetlands restoration at community meetings, workshops, conferences, and other community events. They have also conducted research, assisted with case studies, and helped develop databases and tools to better serve low-income homeowners.

In turn, VISTA members learn work skills and gain valuable hands-on experience, while making a unique and satisfying contribution to their nation by helping people with programs and projects to benefit their communities.

Please fight to protect this program from proposed cuts and send a message that serving our nation and helping our communities is a national priority.