Saving Service in the Snow
Posted by Jerry Duchene Saavedra on February 25, 2011
Post from Stephanie Sacco, ServeNext Rochester:
Well, despite a fresh 8 inches of snow on the ground and more snow falling all day long, a total of thirteen people attended the Save Service District Day here in Rochester, NY! June Carlson, Mark Thiell, Laura Thelander, Rebeccah Lanni, Kara Zabelny, and Whitney Faison all visited the office of Louise Slaughter to thank her for her NO vote on H.R.1. and ask for her continued support and leadership on national service. Although Ms. Slaughter was unavailable and the office was closing due to weather, they set up a meeting with Rep. Slaughter’s staff for Thursday, March 3rd, at 12pm.
Meanwhile, Danielle Erway, Tim Avery, Emma Hartzell, Grace Ravines, Mary Whelehan, Joel Kunkler, and Stephanie Sacco met with staff at the office of Ms. Ann Marie Buerkle to request that she reconsider her vote for H.R.1. The staff in Ms. Buerkle’s office were very receptive, and met with the group for a twenty-minute discussion of their experiences with service (specifically, through AmeriCorps) and why a “yes” vote for H.R.1 would be incredibly detrimental to our community. The group that visited Ms. Buerkle’s office is also set to make an appointment for the coming week to speak directly with her about our service experiences and what a “yes” for H.R.1. means, more specifically, for her constituents here in Rochester, NY.
CORRECTION: A previous posting had incorrectly stated Rep. Slaughter had voted for H.R. 1. Congresswomen Slaughter voted NO for H.R. one and has been a long time supporter of national service voting YES for the Kennedy Serve America Act in 2009. We apologize for this error.