AmeriCorps now joins Meals on Wheels, afterschool programs, climate change, banking regulation, geopolitical negotiation, affordable housing, community development block grants, Pell Grants, work study, and a slew of other programs and policies on the chopping block in the name of making America great for a very small number of people.
AmeriCorps is one of the few programs that by design benefits both volunteers and participants, organizations and communities served. Participants span the country’s millennial demographic. They include students financially able to serve a year while receiving a small stipend and first-generation higher education students who need education benefits. This built-in camaraderie reaches across racial, religious, ethnic, and income lines. It’s considered “the domestic Peace Corps,”