June 15, 2023

Senate Passes Cassidy, Heinrich Led Resolution Designating June 16 as National Service and Conservation Corps Day

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and colleagues applauded the passage of their resolution to designate June 16, 2023, as National Service and Conservation Corps Day. Every year, AmeriCorps enrolls more than 200,000 individuals who currently serve in 40,000 communities across America, totaling more than one million alumni since the program’s founding in 1994.

“National service organizations create opportunity for Americans of different experiences and backgrounds to gain work experience and give back to their communities,” said Dr. Cassidy. “On National Service and Conservation Corps Day, we recognize and celebrate these organizations that help make our communities stronger, safer, and healthier for all.”

“I served as an AmeriCorps member for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service early in my career. It reinforced the importance of working in service to our nation and the people and places that make our nation so special,” said Senator Heinrich. “As Vice Chair of the National Service Congressional Caucus, I am proud to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make sure each new generation of Americans has their own opportunities to serve and leave their mark.”

Cassidy and Heinrich were joined by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and John Hickenlooper (D-CO) in cosponsoring this resolution.

AmeriCorps, by the numbers: 

  • More than 200,000 members and volunteers in organizations dedicated to strengthening their communities.
  • 9,500 public, private, and charter schools supported by AmeriCorps tutors and mentors.
  • Nearly 245,000 veterans and military families connected to education opportunities, jobs, and the benefits they have earned.
  • 100,000 individuals assisted with job training and work placement programs annually.
  • 365,000 elderly Americans provided with independent living services annually.

AmeriCorps in Louisiana:

  • $20.2 million in AmeriCorps investment, including more than $14.8 million in federal funding to support cost-effective community solutions, working hand in hand with local partners
  • 500 service locations and 3,900 members of all ages and backgrounds united to meet local needs, strengthen communities, and expand opportunities in Louisiana
  • Approximately 23 million hours worked and more than $54.8 million in education awards earned by more than 18,000 Louisiana residents since 1994. More than $24.3 million in education award payments to higher education institutions and other organizations in Louisiana.