Vote for Service!
Posted by Jerry Duchene Saavedra on November 2, 2010
Campaign 2010 ends today but the work to engage and educate key decision makers about the impact of national and community service never ends. Over the past couple of months, our Field Corps Organizers and their local networks have done a great job talking with candidates about the work being done by the service community.
Danielle in Las Vegas was able to not only talk to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about service, she also engaged in a couple of great conversations with Congresswomen Barbara Lee and Judy Chu from California. Patti in Chicago got Congresswomen Jan Schakowsky to sign the ServeNext Pledge and also engaged Bill Brady, the Republican candidate for Governor of Illinois, in a discussion about the cost effectiveness of AmeriCorps members and left an impression when she told him how little she lived off of when she did her year of service. Tiffany in New Orleans engaged both campaigns in the final week of the campaign, talking with Congressman Cao’s staff at one event (the Congressman was scheduled to be there but his father passed away) and hosting Cedric Richmond with the help of Tulane University’s Center for Public Service to speak with local service supporters. And finally, Tara and the ServeNext Des Moines Network had great success engaging Congressman Leonard Boswell and Senator Chuck Grassley.
These discussions are only the beginning. As silly season comes to an end, our local ServeNext networks will continue to reach out to our elected leaders and ensure they understand the impact and value of national and community service.