- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

As a teacher and former Peace Corps volunteer who answered President Kennedy’s call to service, I am happy that Congress has refocused on national service (“Senate moves to triple Americorps,” Web, Nation, March 23). I was proud to support the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act (GIVE Act), the largest expansion of government-sponsored service since the creation of the national service corps.

The GIVE Act takes significant steps to incentivize service, grow the number of national-service positions nationwide to 250,000, assist students in the pursuit of public-service careers, and provide service opportunities for people of all ages.

America is facing challenges that the GIVE Act can help address - by funding service programs for high-need, low-income communities; providing skills training; and supporting social entrepreneurship. As the recession intensifies, the GIVE Act offers solutions to restore confidence and put our nation on a path to recovery by rebuilding cities, creating green jobs, improving communities and establishing new service corps for every walk of life.

President Obama has challenged us to recommit to the spirit of service that has long characterized our nation. The GIVE Act will provide the impetus we need to answer this challenge.

REP. MICHAEL M. HONDA

California Democrat

Washington

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