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Rep. Kind Votes to Revitalize Volunteerism and Public Service

March 18, 2009
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) voted to create new service opportunities across America and help place volunteerism at the center of our response to urgent needs in our schools and communities, particularly in light of the current economic crisis.

The Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act will:

  • Expand the number of volunteers nationwide from 75,000 to 250,000;
  • Create a Clean Energy Corps, Education Corps, Healthy Futures Corps, and Veterans Service Corps;
  • Strengthen avenues for middle and high school students to serve their local communities;
  • Help transition older Americans into public and non-profit sector opportunities; and
  • Bring individuals with innovative public service proposals together with private sector sponsors.

“Public service has long been a driving force in American society, but in these difficult economic times, we need to encourage Americans to continue making positive contributions to their local communities,” said Rep. Kind. “Volunteer work may not always be glamorous, but it creates unique opportunities for individuals to dedicate themselves to improving the lives of others. At this time in America’s history, we need to call on Americans from all walks of life to serve their country in any way they can. This legislation helps make that possible.”