March 27, 2017

Whitehouse Vows to Protect National Service from Trump Cuts

More than 3,700 Corps members serve thousands of Rhode Island students

Providence, RI – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today committed to fighting to protect National Service programs that are making a difference in Rhode Island.  President Trump’s budget proposal released earlier this month would eliminate the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which provides funding for AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs in Rhode Island and across the country.

“Every day, thousands of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members head to work in classrooms and community centers across Rhode Island to provide extra support for students,” said Whitehouse.  “I will do everything in my power to protect National Service programs from President Trump’s attempts to slash their budgets and to reduce the number of children the programs help.”

Earlier today, Whitehouse joined Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza to observe National Service programs in action at Roger Williams Middle School in Providence, and to talk with AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members working in the City.  In the Providence Public Schools, National Service members provide students with academic support, college counseling, and arts education, among other services.

“In Providence, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members’ commitment and service make a difference in our communities every day,” said Elorza.  “As Mayor, I’ve seen first-hand how the work of corps members has helped to transform our neighborhoods into brighter, healthier and more promising places for all.  I’m proud to join Senator Whitehouse in demonstrating support for an incredibly important program for the state and the capital city.”

More than 3,700 members and volunteers serve thousands of Rhode Islanders through CNCS-funded programs at more than 500 schools and community centers.  CNCS provides more than $7,340,000 annually to support Rhode Island communities through national service and social innovation initiatives.  The federal investment leverages an additional $4,800,000 in other funding sources to increase return on taxpayer dollars.  


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