Posted by: JanF | May 10, 2012

Why I Vote For Democrats: National Service Programs

The Democratic Party’s commitment to serving others is on display each and every day, from the First Family’s personal commitment, to the laws passed to fund national service initiatives.

Democrats – Supporting Service

The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act was signed into law on April 21, 2009:

Reauthorizes and Expands the Mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service, by:
● Increasing Opportunities for Americans of All Ages to Serve
● Supporting Innovation and Strengthening the Nonprofit Sector
● Strengthening Management, Cost-Effectiveness, and Accountability

From President Obama at the signing:

I’ve met countless people of all ages and walks of life who want nothing more than to do their part. I’ve seen a rising generation of young people work and volunteer and turn out in record numbers. They’re a generation that came of age amidst the horrors of 9/11 and Katrina; the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; an economic crisis without precedent. And yet despite all this, or more likely because of it, they have become a generation of activists possessed with that most American of ideas – that people who love their country can change it.

All that’s required on your part is a willingness to make a difference. That is, after all, the beauty of service. Anyone can do it. You don’t need to be a community organizer, or a Senator — or a Kennedy – or even a President to bring change to people’s lives.

We need your service, right now, at this moment in history. I’m not going to tell you what your role should be; that’s for you to discover. But I’m asking you to stand up and play your part. I’m asking you to help change history’s course. Put your shoulder up against the wheel. And if you do, I promise you – your life will be richer, our country will be stronger, and someday, years from now, you may remember it as the moment when your own story and the American story converged, when they came together, and we met the challenges of our new century.

The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act is reminder of the best traditions of our country and our party. And why I Vote For Democrats … and you should too.