On Dec. 17, President Obama gave a wonderful Christmas gift to those of us who are passionate about community service. He signed into law the FY2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which, among other things, gives the largest budget ever to the Corporation for National and Community Service - just shy of $1.15 billion.
The money will be used to expand AmeriCorps, create a new Summer of Service program for middle school students, and invest in new initiatives authorized by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. Other existing programs will see a boost, too. For example, a Volunteer Generation Fund will get $4 million to boost recruitment efforts, while $1 million will support an effort to build the capacity of nonprofits. Also, the Senior Corps’ foster grandparent program will see a small increase.