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Find your Congressman or Congresswoman on this website: http://whoismyrepresentative.com/ or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please don’t hesitate to ask us for help as sometimes it can be hard to find out who your Representative is!
Go to your representative’s contact form, which should also be listed on the http://whoismyrepresentative.com/, and copy, paste, and personalize the following message:
Dear Representative _____,
I am writing to ask you to sign the 2011 Peace Corps Dear Colleague letter. Please contact Marc Hanson (email@example.com) in Congressman Sam Farr’s office (5-2861) for more information.
I am grateful for your support of the Peace Corps last year, which led to a $60 million increase in appropriations for FY 2010, the largest increase since 1961 — and $26.6 million more than the President’s request. Because of the support in Congress, a Peace Corps re-authorization bill was passed for the first time since 2002, with a bipartisan vote (316 to 108).
The purchasing power of Peace Corps, however, remains a third of what it was in 1966. In 2010, we will send just over 8,000 volunteers, roughly half the volunteer force we had four decades ago. The governments of 19 nations have requested volunteers but the Peace Corps cannot meet all of the demand. Over 15,000 men and women submitted applications in 2009 for just 3,800 positions.
I was honored to represent my country as a Peace Corps volunteer. (If you were a volunteer, share a brief overview of your Peace Corps experience and how it impacted your life and the lives of those you served. If not a volunteer, discuss how you or your community have benefitted from the work of Peace Corps volunteers).
I ask you to demonstrate your support for the Peace Corps by signing this letter. Peace Corps is our nation’s greatest peace-building machine, which serves overseas and then brings it all back home. Because of the millions of friendships kindled by 200,000 Peace Corps volunteers who have served since 1961, America is safer and more connected to the global family.
Next year, 2011 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. By signing this letter you can reaffirm that the mission and goals of Peace Corps remain important and relevant to the United States and the world at this historic moment.
I look forward to learning that you have taken positive action on the above request, and would be honored with a reply.
(Your Address including zip code)
(Any Titles you wish to list including Peace Corps service information if applicable)
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