TAKE ACTION NOW: SUPPORT
FUNDING FOR RSVP
The Administration has
proposed to end RSVP and shut down the Corporation. Various
members of Congress are working on legislation to turn RSVP into
a jobs program.
We need to fight back and
defend RSVP and national service.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
(D-RI) has written a “Dear Colleague” letter to the Sen. Roy
Blunt (R-MO), Chair and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member
of the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee
seeking an increase in funding for RSVP and Senior Corps (see
The letter asks that RSVP
be funded at $63 million.
The more signatories there
are on the letter, the more that Sens. Blunt and Murray know
that RSVP and Senior Corps are important to their colleagues.
The more support that is demonstrated for senior volunteer
programs the more likely it is that funding will be increased.
We especially want the letter
to demonstrate that RSVP, Foster Grandparents, and Senior
Companions enjoy bi-partisan support.
Call your Senator urging that
he or she sign the Whitehouse letter.
You can call the Capitol
Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your
Deadline for Senators to
sign on is COB, Tuesday, April 11.
When you call your
Senate offices, you should say that for more information or to
sign on they should contact Anna Esten at: