2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR AMERICORPS

WHEREAS, since 1994, more than 350,000 men and women have served in AmeriCorps, providing valuable assistance to millions of Americans; and

WHEREAS, AmeriCorps members tutor in schools, run after-school programs, build affordable housing, and provide public health services; and

WHEREAS, hundreds of AmeriCorps state and local programs clean rivers and streams, enrich after-school programs, support local law enforcement, deliver services to the elderly, and meet other critical needs defined by the communities they serve; and

WHEREAS, AmeriCorps programs have expanded their work in public safety, public health, fire prevention, and disaster relief; and

WHEREAS, cities have been able to benefit from AmeriCorps members recruiting, training and leading service opportunities for everyday citizens and traditional volunteers; and

WHEREAS, a 1995 independent cost-benefit study, validated by the U.S. Government Accounting Office, found that programs supported by AmeriCorps return between $1.60 and $2.60 in services for every dollar invested in their initiatives; and

WHEREAS, AmeriCorps is a major asset to America’s cities, and The US Conference of Mayors is deeply committed to its success and future; and

WHEREAS, The Corporation for National and Community Service has been instructed by Congress, the President, and its Board of Directors to conduct a federal rulemaking process; and

WHEREAS, regulatory changes have the potential to either draw on a decade of best practices, leveraging competition and private sector support, or unravel some of the fundamental principles that have shaped the national service infrastructure in America; and

WHEREAS, AmeriCorps programs leverage millions of dollars from the private sector to support community needs, the viability of the private sector is not consistent throughout the United States,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors urges the Corporation for National and Community Service to avoid policy changes that will negatively impact the quality and consistency of service in our communities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors calls on local governments and the private sector to be active participants in AmeriCorps, but urges the Corporation to continue its commitment by investing in this highly effective public/private partnership; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The U.S.  Conference of Mayors urges the Corporation to avoid a mandatory increase in the match requirement above the 33 percent level currently required by the Corporation for National and Community Service; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The U.S.  Conference of Mayors strongly urges the Corporation to let competition govern the grant process by not setting time limits on the number of years AmeriCorps programs could receive federal support; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The U.S.  Conference of Mayors recommends that the Corporation maintain the current statutory requirements for the federal share of healthcare and childcare costs to preserve equal access to AmeriCorps for all Americans, regardless of income level.