FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
CONTACT: Aly Ferguson, [email protected]
Service Year Alliance denounces the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to national service and AmeriCorps in the FY17 budget
WASHINGTON, DC - In response to the White House’s FY17 budget proposal that essentially eliminates the Corporation for National and Community Service, Shirley Sagawa, the CEO of Service Year Alliance, released the following statement today denouncing the disastrous cuts:
“The Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to national service in the remainder of FY17 will hurt thousands of communities that are relying on the support of national service programs like AmeriCorps. By proposing deep cuts to national service, the White House has proved to be completely out of touch with the American people — the overwhelming majority of whom support maintaining or increasing the federal investment in national service.
“Nearly 75,000 young Americans have deferred their college acceptances, turned down job offers, and made plans to spend the next year of their lives serving others. They are planning to build houses with Habitat for Humanity, tutor students through City Year, work with youth at Boys and Girls Clubs, and help homeless veterans find jobs to restart their lives. Eliminating national service will leave tens of thousands of Americans who have committed to serve unemployed with little notice and cripple the communities that rely on their service.
Service Year Alliance condemns these reckless cuts and encourages Congress to listen to the will of the American people by protecting and investing in national service.”