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Save Service District Day in Miami, FL

Posted by Jerry Duchene Saavedra on August 24, 2011

Post by Catherine Houlihan, ServeNext Organizer for Miami:

On Wednesday, August 10th, Catherine Houlihan (ServeNext Miami Organizer), Harold Silva (Campus Director of the Center for Community Involvement at Miami-Dade College’s North Campus), Gillian Smith (Chief Marketing Officer at City Year), and Jaimesha Smith (incoming freshman at Miami Beach Senior High School and Take Stock in Children scholarship recipient) attended a meeting with the Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s District Director, Maytee Sanz. Together, the team of four discussed with Ms. Sanz, the importance of the Corportation for National and Community Service (CNCS) throughout Southeast Miami-Dade County, reminding her that City Year Corps Members and AmeriCorps Members in Miami bring together community resources, build capacity, and recruit volunteers, working 40+ hours per week for one full year, and making as little as $800 a month. Ms. Sanz was able to comprehend that these service professionals bring a lot more to Miami-Dade County than what they are paid. Ms. Sanz was unable to give us a definitive answer as to the Congresswoman’s support of CNCS, but said she would relay the valuable information that the team provided her, and will let us know what the Congresswoman’s stance is at a later time via e-mail.

On Monday, August 15th, Catherine Houlihan (ServeNext Miami Organizer), Harold Silva (Campus Director of the Center for Community Involvement at Miami-Dade College’s North Campus), and Ross Torrence (City Year Miami Young Hero) attended a meeting with Pedro M. Villa (Regional Director to US Senator Bill Nelson). Mr. Villa informed us that he and Senator Bill Nelson are very familiar with CNCS and have long supported for a continued federal investment in service. However, he reminded the three of us that unfortunately the current situation is that nothing is deemed “sacred” or “untouchable”. Mr. Villa could not definitively give the team an answer on whether or not Senator Nelson supported funding for CNCS in FY 2012. He too said he would e-mail us a response once he recieves one for the Senator.

Overall, both visits were a great opportunity to educate two of Miami’s elected leaders about the importance and effectiveness of national service for our local community and urge them to support the continued federal investment for national service in FY2012 and beyond.

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