In late May, the 14 Members on the House State/Foreign Operations subcommittee will decide the Peace Corps’ 2011 appropriation. If you are a constituent of a subcommittee Member, please contact your Representative immediately to convey the sample message below. As you take action, send an e-mail to rajeev@pushforpeacecorps.org with the name of your Representative in the title and let us know what you are hearing:

“My name is _____ and I am calling from ____ to request Rep. ______ to include $465 million for the Peace Corps in the State/Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill. This $65 million increase over the FY 2010 level ($400 m.), supported by the grassroots and formally endorsed by 124 House Members, would allow over 1,000 new trainees to serve in education, agriculture, and small business programs around the world. It would also enable bold expansions in countries where volunteers presently serve, such as China, Jordan, and Indonesia.

By the end of their two-year tour, Peace Corps volunteers become fluent in critical languages like Mandarin, Arabic and Bahasa.  Many former volunteers continue to work in international development and diplomacy.  In this way, our own institutions and communities are enriched by the former volunteers.

With over 15,000 applicants last year, twenty new countries requesting programs, and a historic 50th anniversary, this is the right time to revitalize the Peace Corps, which is half the size it was in 1966.

As a member of the State/Foreign Operations subcommittee, I hope Rep. ____ will champion this $65 million increase in appropriations in FY 2011 and I thank you for supporting the $60 million increase last year.”