A Toast to $60 Million! Peace Corps gets Largest Increase in 49-year History
January 27, 2010  |  News

You made it happen — $400 million to fund Peace Corps in Fiscal Year 2010 — a $60 million increase, the largest single-year dollar increase in Peace Corps’ 49 year history.  Thank you and congratulations everyone.  Hope this news warms your Holiday Season and thank you for all you did.  This will go a long way to paving the path for an expanded, improved Peace Corps.

Please help spread the news all over the world by forwarding this message to every past and present Peace Corps volunteer you know copying rajeev@pushforpeacecorps.org.

There are now 149 Champions in Congress (scroll below), who with your encouragement, will continue to advocate for Peace Corps in 2011 and beyond.  And, we’ve not ceased our outreach.  A few weeks ago, Push for Peace Corps visited more than 30 House and Senate offices in a single week and most pledged support for a larger Peace Corps.  Now it’s time to be celebrate the historic victory, securing an appropriation $27 million higher than thePresident’s request and $60 million above the 2009 appropriation.  To put this increase in perspective, this $60 million increase is more than the Peace Corps attained in the last 7 years combined!

No rest for the weary.

The fiscal year 2011 budget is currently taking shape and will be finalized by President Obama in the February 2010.  The larger the President’s request, the smaller the distance to lift it above this year’s increase, a fitting target to seek for 2011, the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Peace Corps.

We have some advantages this year.  Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams, who did not take office until the end of August, is off to a fast start, assembling a strong staff, adding three new countries to receive volunteers – Indonesia, Sierra Leone and Madagascar – and traveling in America and abroad with messages that the Peace Corps is on the move, growing larger, working in new ways and striving to become even more effective.

We’ll be in touch on what comes next, but for now we hope you appreciate and celebrate this achievement.  In the midst of the economic crisis, a grassroots outpouring of letters, calls, emails and face-to-face visits motivated and mobilized a cadre of courageous Representatives and Senators from both political parties who worked together effectively.

Please spread the good news and forward this message to peace corps volunteers, past and present, in your networks as well as other Peace Corps supporters (including friends and family of volunteers) and copy rajeev@pushforpeacecorps.org.  If you are a member of the media and can help generate a news story about this, please get in touch immediately.

Finally, if you can donate money to the campaign, we need a lot more resources to keep the campaign going strong in 2010.

Another way to help is to recruit more RPCVs to the campaign by refering them to pushforpeacecorps.org to sign up (it takes 1 minute).


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