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 attached letter).


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 Senators offices.


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: anna_esten@whitehouse.senate.gov


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