Newsletter – July 2010

Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) 2011- 2015 Strategic Plan

Corporation for National and Community Service LogoEvery five years, Congress requests each federal agency to adopt a strategic plan that defines its missions, goals, and the means by which it will measure its progress. The Serve America Act (SAA) is helping to shape the Corporation’s Strategic Plan for the next five years. Given the breadth of the social impact focus areas that are outlined in SAA, the Corporation has many opportunities to make significant progress in addressing issues of critical concern to the nation. Further, as the primary funder of service and volunteering programs nationwide, the strategic plan will impact funding priorities in the years to come. The Corporation’s key objectives for the 2011-2015 strategic plan include education, healthy futures, clean energy, veterans, opportunity and disaster preparedness.

The Corporation wants and encourages both current and potential new partners and grantees to provide input and feedback on their strategic plan.
Opportunities for you to provide feedback include the following:

  • Face-to-face Community Dialogues with the CEO and Board of Directors
  • Numerous webinars for the general public
  • On-line message board

The feedback and input from community dialogues, webinars, and message boards will be synthesized and shared with everyone whom is on record as participating. In addition, a summary report will be posted on the Corporation’s website and disseminated broadly through various communication mechanisms. Finally, the Strategic Plan itself will be posted on-line in the fall of 2010.

For more information on the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan, please visit the Corporation for National and Community Service Web site.

Assembly Bill (AB) 127

CaliforniaVolunteers logoAB 127, authored by Assemblymember Jeffries, would codify the existing work of CaliforniaVolunteers within the Office of the Governor. Currently, CaliforniaVolunteers operates under the authority of several Executive Orders issued by Governor Schwarzenegger. This bill has passed the Assembly and has been sent to the suspense file in the Senate Appropriations Committee. An additional hearing is scheduled for August.

For additional information regarding AB 127, please contact Policy Associate, Lupe Castillo at (916) 323-7646 or

2011 Federal Fiscal Year Appropriations

Photo of U.S. CapitolOn February 1, 2010, President Obama released his Administration’s budget for FY2011, including $1.416 billion for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). This is an increase of $266 million above the FY2010 enacted level.

Please see below for a breakdown of specific line items:

Selected Line Items FY11 President’s Request
AmeriCorps*State/National $488 million
National Service Trust $293.6 million
State Commission Assistance $18 million
Social Innovation Fund $60 million
Volunteer Generation Fund $10 million
Training and Technical Assistance $13 million
Senior Corps $221.1 million
Learn and Serve America $40.2 million

On July 16, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies released their version of the FY11 budget, which includes $1.305 billion for CNCS. This is $155 million more than last year and $111 million below the President’s request.

On July 27, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies released their version of the FY11 budget, which recommends nearly $1.4 billion for CNCS. This is $215.9 million above last year’s level and is substantial enough to increase the number of AmeriCorps members from 87,000 to over 97,000.

An individual breakdown by program for the Senate and the House versions will be available once each of the full appropriations committees have approved the budget proposal.

The Great California ShakeOut 2010

Get Ready to Shake Out - 10.21.10CaliforniaVolunteers encourages Californians to prepare for the next earthquake by participating in the Great California ShakeOut, an annual statewide earthquake drill set for 10:21 a.m. on October 21. Last year, 6.9 million Californians statewide participated in the exercise, practicing the “Drop, Cover and Hold On” technique. The Great California ShakeOut is a reminder that we must all be prepared for the next disaster and serves as an opportunity to practice earthquake safety.

To become involved with the Great California ShakeOut, please visit and join the millions of Californians who are already registered and raising awareness about earthquake safety by participating in ShakeOut activities. By registering, you will learn what can be done to get prepared, get counted in the largest earthquake drill ever, receive ShakeOut news and other information about earthquakes and preparedness, and make a difference for your community by motivating others to participate and get prepared.

For additional disaster preparedness information, please also visit our WE Prepare campaign at Assess your disaster risk, create your own family disaster preparedness plan and download a personalized children’s book to inform and engage youth in a safe, non-threatening manner.

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