August 4, 2011
Dear Mr. President:
We write to urge you to nominate a new Chief Executive Officer to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Just a few months ago, America's living former presidents gathered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to help honor President George H.W. Bush for his leading role in inspiring the modern service movement. It was significant that they were all there, not only to honor the efforts and energy of a great man, but also to signal that national and community service has, and continues to be, an issue born of promise and not partisanship; one that relies on the fundamental belief that Americans will help their neighbor when needed, and when given the opportunity.
Today, we have a federal framework that supports the efforts of national service volunteers of all ages. AmeriCorps volunteers tackle some of the most difficult issues we face as a nation: reinforcing a quality education by stemming high school dropouts; improving the quality of our environment; increasing access to and awareness of health care; and giving a helping hand to our returning veterans and their families. Senior Corps provides more than 500,000 volunteers over the age of 55 with the opportunity to use their skills and experience to contribute to their communities through service activities that range from mentoring at-risk youth to building capacity at nonprofits by providing essential management expertise.
However, with the recent resignation of the Chief Executive Officer at CNCS, our lead agency for service lacks the stable leadership that our volunteer efforts require, especially during a time when the services provided by those volunteers are needed now more than ever.
We urge you to send a suitable candidate for the position of CEO for the CNCS to the United States Senate as quickly as possible. We have faith in your judgment, appreciate your consideration and thank you for your ongoing service to the American people.