Rep. Green Votes in Support of GIVE Act
Washington, DC - Rep. Gene Green today voted in support of H.R. 1388, the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act. The GIVE Act passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 321 to 105, and encourages and allows more Americans the opportunity to become civically engaged. The Senate is also considering similar legislation.
The GIVE Act will offer all Americans – young and old – the opportunity to give back to society and their country,” said Green. “Americans are known for rising to a challenge when faced with trying times and the GIVE Act will be the framework for more Americans to be a part of improving their communities.
The GIVE act will create a “Summer of Service” program that will allow middle and high school students to volunteer in their communities and earn a $500 award that can be used for costs associated with a higher education. The legislation also gives older Americans the chance to become more civically engaged by creating the Silver Scholarships and Encore Fellowships which are targeted at those over the age of 55.
“Four new service corps - with focus on clean energy, education, healthy futures, and our veterans - will be created to serve low-income communities. These new corps will improve the quality of life for undeserved populations that often do not receive the assistance they need,” said Green.
Over 60 million Americans volunteered for service in 2007 and generated over $150 billion dollars in benefits to their communities. The GIVE Act establishes Youth Engagement Zones that will build partnerships between organizations and schools in need to assist underserved populations.
“I am proud that I voted for President Clinton’s AmeriCorps service legislation in 1993, and that we also now stand behind President Obama’s efforts to build up this nation through civic engagement,” said Green. “This legislation will let us strengthen existing programs and create new initiatives to service veterans, complement in-school programs, and promote student activism. The GIVE Act will provide Americans with additional opportunities to serve their communities and allow individuals to contribute to our recovery.”