Newsletter – June 2007
AmeriCorps Conference – Take it Home
Over 200 representatives from more than 50 AmeriCorps programs participated in the conference this year. The newly revised program standards were launched at the conference, which were given high marks as a model for high quality AmeriCorps programs. In addition, due to increased focus on the financial viability of AmeriCorps programs, extensive training on financial provisions and planning was provided.
A special thanks to all the featured speakers at the event, including Daniel Zingale, senior advisor to the Governor and chief of staff to Maria Shriver, Orlando Ward from Hope for the Homeless, Elizabeth Lopez, a CaliforniaVolunteers Commissioner and two-time AmeriCorps member as well as Tim Quigley, executive director of Volunteer Center of Silicon Valley.
Presentation materials from the conference will be available online at Grantee Central in the near future.
California Readiness Campaign Convening
Participants agreed that a strategic, statewide approach was necessary to achieve common readiness objectives. A small working group from the convening was tasked with drafting the strategic plan, which upon adoption, will inform future state readiness efforts and ensure coordination across sectors.
All “Hub” Meeting
The meeting was the largest statewide gathering of Volunteer Centers and Hands On affiliates in California history. Participants received practical training in online volunteer matching technology, volunteer management, outreach techniques and marketing strategy.
The feedback across the board was very positive and the participants looked forward to the second annual All Hub Meeting next year. A special thanks to Hands On Inland Empire for graciously hosting the event.
National Service Reauthorization
The proposed legislation, H.R. 2857, Generations Invigorating Volunteering and Education (GIVE) Act, was heard on Wednesday by the House Committee on Education and Labor.
Key provisions include:
*An increase in the percentage of funding available for AmeriCorps program administration.
*Provision for part-time AmeriCorps members to serve more than two years and thereby earn up to the equivalent of two full-time education awards (the maximum currently allowed for full-time members).
*An increase in the value of the education award by $100 per year for the next five years. This would increase the education award from $4,725 today to $5,225 in 2012.
*Lowering the age of participation to 55 for all National Senior Service Corps programs including the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Foster Grandparent Program and the Senior Companion Program.
*Raising the income eligibility for participants in the Foster Grandparent and Senior Campanion Programs to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or an annual income of $20,420 for a single adult in 2007.
Bill text is not yet available online. Updates will be available on the public policy section of the CaliforniaVolunteers Web site.
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