"Our government can help to rebuild our economy ... [but] we need Americans willing to mentor our eager young children, or care for the sick, or ease the strains of deployment on our military families," Obama said.
"All that's required on your part is a willingness to make a difference. And that is, after all, the beauty of service. Anybody can do it."
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Wednesday, April 22
A good thing for our country: Federal Funding for Volunteers Increased.
The president signed into law a measure that will boost federal funding for AmeriCorps and is named after Senator Edward M. Kennedy. The number of positions will increase from 75,000 to 250,000 by 2017. It will cost a measly $6 billion over the next 5 years. Critics say it is too expensive or that you shouldn't reward volunteers with a meager stipend at all. They sound like sour grapes loser republicans to me. AmeriCorps is a wonderful program and a worthwhile endeavor for those who wish to give back by helping those less fortunate. I enjoy seeing the country turn around and become a compassionate caring one once again. After 8 years of bullying and ignorance, this is a breath of fresh air. Why... it's almost downright, dare I write it? Christian!