The cornerstone of the Obama administrations national service plans is legislation that will provide for the gradual increase of service slots from 75,000 to 250,000. The legislation also comes with a $5.7 billion dollar price tag.
Press releases claim the legislation, which President Obama is set to sign into law today, will “foster and fulfill people’s desire to make a difference.”
I fail to understand why there is a need for legislation and $5.7 million dollars to encourage service and volunteerism. I currently have limited my volunteering to a few local groups and one state organization. I do not need to be encouraged by the federal government to serve these organizations. I need only to know that these groups need my help and expertise. I go forward from there with my service.
Not to be a constant naysayer, I encourage you to find out what the legislation is about. I have included below several links to information about national service, including my own blog post regarding the National Service Forum last September 11th with the then presidential candidates.