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Prominent Americans Urge Presidential Candidates to Expand National Service to Renew Civic Spirit

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Prominent Americans Urge Presidential Candidates to Expand National Service to Renew Civic Spirit

In an open letter to President Trump and Vice President Biden, bipartisan group advocates for national service to be prioritized as solution to countries’ challenges

WASHINGTON, DC (October 29, 2020) – In the final days of the presidential election, a diverse group of more than 120 Americans from across the country today called on President Trump’s and Vice President Biden’s campaigns to prioritize the expansion of national service in the next presidential term as a way to address the polarization of the nation. In a letter released as a part of the Serve America Together campaign, former governors and members of Congress as well as leading philanthropy, thought and faith leaders, impressed upon the importance of national service as a tool to unite Americans and to help renew the nation’s civic spirit. 

Prominent Americans Urge Presidential Candidates to Expand National Service to Renew Civic Spirit
Prominent Americans Urge Presidential Candidates to Expand National Service to Renew Civic Spirit

National Business and Workforce Development Leaders Call on Presidential Campaigns to Prioritize National Service

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National Business and Workforce Development Leaders Call on Presidential Campaigns to Prioritize Expansion of National Service

More than 60 of the nation’s leading business and workforce development leaders sign bipartisan letter 

WASHINGTON, DC (October 26, 2020) The Serve America Together campaign today released a letter signed by more than 60 of the nation’s leading business and workforce development leaders calling on President Trump’s and Vice President Biden’s presidential campaigns to prioritize the expansion of national service.

National Business and Workforce Development Leaders Call on Presidential Campaigns to Prioritize National Service
National Business and Workforce Development Leaders Call on Presidential Campaigns to Prioritize National Service

80+ National Security Leaders Urge Presidential Campaigns to Prioritize National Service

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Over 80 National Security Leaders Sign On to Letter Calling on Presidential Campaigns to Prioritize National Service

National security leaders including former cabinet secretaries, State Department officials, and Pentagon appointees, join former National Security Council members and veterans on bipartisan letter to campaigns

WASHINGTON, DC (October 13, 2020) – Today, the Serve America Together campaign released a letter signed by over 80 diverse and bipartisan national security leaders to President Trump and Vice President Biden’s presidential campaigns calling for an expansion of national service. The letter, which is signed by national security leaders including former cabinet secretaries, State Department officials, Pentagon appointees, National Security Council members, and veterans from across the Armed Services, urges the candidates to prioritize national service in their potential future administrations as a way to maintain the strength and security of our nation...

70+ National Security Leaders Urge Presidential Campaigns to Prioritize National Service
80+ National Security Leaders Urge Presidential Campaigns to Prioritize National Service

Coalition Calls on Presidential Campaigns to Prioritize National Service

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Coalition of Leading Military and Civilian Service Organizations Calls on Presidential Campaigns to Prioritize National Service

The coalition is part of the Serve America Together campaign to make national service part of growing up in America.


WASHINGTON, DC (September 14, 2020) – Today, over a dozen leading military and civilian service organizations released a letter calling on President Trump and Vice President Biden’s presidential campaigns to prioritize a significant expansion of national service in the first 100 days of their potential administrations. The first-of-its-kind coalition — which is the backbone of the Serve America Together campaign to make national service part of growing up in America — unites the military and civilian service movements under one banner behind a bold call to action for national service expansion.

Coalition of Leading Military and Civilian Service Organizations Calls on Presidential Campaigns to Prioritize National Service
Coalition Calls on Presidential Campaigns to Prioritize National Service

Service Year Alliance Releases National Service Talking Points Ahead of 2020 National Conventions

As Democrats and Republicans take the stage over the next several weeks, sharing their visions for America, we are hoping that they include a vision for giving young Americans, who have been hit hardest by the unemployment crisis, an opportunity to serve their communities by addressing the impacts of COVID-19 in health, education, and food insecurity — all while getting them back on track for education or employment and helping to knit our society back together.

Service Year Alliance Releases National Service Talking Points Ahead of 2020 National Conventions
Service Year Alliance Releases National Service Talking Points Ahead of 2020 National Conventions

CNN: In Covid-19 crisis, expand service options for young people

By HOWARD SCHULTZ & STAN MCCHRYSTAL, July 23, 2020 

After graduating from college last year, Ora Tucker Meadows chose to spend a year in service to our country by assisting teachers at an elementary school in the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois.

When the Covid-19 crisis shut down her school, Meadows, a member of AmeriCorps, a national service organization that she joined out of college, had the option of hunkering down at home. Instead, she found a new way to serve: She spent her days distributing lunches to students, sorting food at a local pantry and checking on seniors who were isolating at home. Now she is tutoring summer-school students online.

For decades, government-funded national service programs like AmeriCorps have been dispatching thousands of young people to help their fellow Americans in communities across the country.

In turn, those who serve receive a modest stipend while gaining new skills and a true sense of purpose.

During the last three months, legions of Americans participating in national service programs have stepped up to provide much-needed assistance for coronavirus response activities.

The Hill: National Service Can Unite Us Again
CNN: In Covid-19 crisis, expand service options for young people

Home Instead CEO Joins Serve America Together as Campaign Co-chair

Home Instead CEO Joins Serve America Together as Campaign Co-chair

Huber brings fresh private sector perspective to campaign at pivotal moment for national service

WASHINGTON, DC (February 19, 2020) – Today, Jeff Huber, CEO of Home Instead, joined Serve America Together as campaign co-chair to advance efforts to make national service part of growing up in America. In his role as CEO of Home Instead — the leading global provider of home care for older adults — Huber is leading the creation of a new service year corps that engages the next generation of young Americans in the future of aging. 

Home Instead Senior Care® CEO Joins Serve America Together as Campaign Co-chair
Home Instead CEO Joins Serve America Together as Campaign Co-chair

The Hill: National Service Can Unite Us Again

By STEPHEN HADLEY AND JOHN BRIDGELAND, September 11, 2019 

We envision a future where everyone has the opportunity as they enter adulthood to serve in a civilian or military capacity, a future in which national service brings together young people of different backgrounds and where that service is rewarded with increased opportunity. This future engages communities to ensure local priorities are honored and private resources are usefully leveraged. It builds on existing efforts at the federal, state, and local levels so that no resource goes untapped.

To achieve this future, we must first call on Congress to dramatically increase the number of national service opportunities from 66,000 per year to 200,000 to match the number of people who enter the United States armed services each year, on a path toward one million service opportunities a year by the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 2026. Serve America Together is leading this charge and continues to press the presidential candidates to release their plans to expand national service during their potential first 100 days in office.
The Hill: National Service Can Unite Us Again
The Hill: National Service Can Unite Us Again

Baltimore Sun: 9/11 led me to Syria, Afghanistan and national service

"If the past 18 years have taught me anything, it's that national service - whether military, civilian or public - not only allows us to address some of our biggest shared challenges at home and abroad, but also represents one of the last, best hopes to inoculate our country against the divisions threatening our future.

 

That's why I am excited about Serve America Together - a campaign to make national service part of growing up in America. We need to focus on our common values and what we can do better, together. Making opportunities to serve available to all young Americans will create the connective tissue the nation needs."

Baltimore Sun: 9/11 led me to Syria, Afghanistan and national service
Baltimore Sun: 9/11 led me to Syria, Afghanistan and national service

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand accepts Serve America Together’s Presidential Challenge

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand accepts Serve America Together’s Presidential Challenge and commits to rewarding those who serve with debt-free college

Gillibrand is the second 2020 presidential candidate to formally accept Serve America Together’s presidential challenge.

WASHINGTON, DC (August 27, 2019) – Today, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand formally accepted Serve America Together’s presidential challenge. She touts her national service plan which would award individuals who serve for one year with tax-free financial assistance to attend two years of public or community college tuition-free. It also calls for appointing a Cabinet-level director of national public service. Gillibrand is the second candidate to respond to the campaign’s presidential challenge. Pete Buttigieg accepted the challenge on July 3, 2019. 

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand accepts Serve America Together’s Presidential Challenge
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand accepts Serve America Together’s Presidential Challenge

Bloomberg TV: Former Massachusetts Governor Launches 'Serve America Together'

DEVAL PATRICK, July 23, 2019

Deval Patrick, former Massachusetts Governor, discusses his proposal for 2020 Presidential candidates to consider a position on his 'Serve America Together' program. He speaks with Bloomberg's David Westin on 'Balance of Power.'

 

Bloomberg TV: Former Massachusetts Governor Launches 'Serve America Together'
Bloomberg TV: Former Massachusetts Governor Launches 'Serve America Together'

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Presidential Contenders Should Focus on National Service

LAURA LAUDER, July 3, 2019

Presidential elections are agenda-setting moments for the country — a time for big, visionary ideas. This is why we launched the Serve America Together Presidential Challenge.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Presidential Contenders Should Focus on National Service
The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Presidential Contenders Should Focus on National Service

The Hill: Buttigieg rolls out national service plan

RACHEL FRAZIN, July 3, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Wednesday rolled out a national service plan that would include 1 million members by 2026.
The plan, "A New Call to Service," would give additional funds to programs like AmeriCorps and increase the number of their positions to 250,000, which, according to The Associated Press, would cost $20 billion over 10 years.

Buttigieg also aims to create new organizations like a Climate Corps, Community Health Corps and Intergenerational Service Corps.

The Hill: Buttigieg rolls out national service plan
The Hill: Buttigieg rolls out national service plan

The New York Times: Pete Buttigieg Proposes National Service Programs for Climate Change and Mental Health

By JOHN ISMAY July 3, 2019

“At a moment when our social fabric is being torn apart, where people increasingly only hear voices that are like their own, it’s a really important time to build social capital through giving people opportunities to work in service in ways that are also going to deliver value to the country,” Mr. Buttigieg said.

“I also think you shouldn’t have to go to war to have that experience,” he added.

The New York Times: Pete Buttigieg Proposes National Service Programs for Climate Change and Mental Health
The New York Times: Pete Buttigieg Proposes National Service Programs for Climate Change and Mental Health

Stan McChrystal challenging presidential candidates on CNN with Jake Tapper

Stan McChrystal challenging presidential candidates on CNN with Jake Tapper
Stan McChrystal challenging presidential candidates on CNN with Jake Tapper

Former Gov. Deval Patrick & Ret. General Stanley McChrystal on Morning Joe

Former Governor Deval Patrick and Retired General Stanley McChrystal on MSNBC Morning Joe
Former Gov. Deval Patrick & Ret. General Stanley McChrystal on Morning Joe
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