Congresswoman Matsui to Receive the Edward M. Kennedy National Service Lifetime Leadership Award

Matsui among bipartisan group of national service advocates being honored

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Washington, February 12, 2018 | comments

Washington, DC – In recognition of her strong support for national service, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) will receive the Edward M. Kennedy National Service Lifetime Leadership Award from Voices for National Service, a diverse coalition of national service programs, state service commissions and individual champions, who work to ensure Americans of all ages can serve and volunteer in their community.

The Lifetime Leadership Award is given in recognition of life-long dedication to citizen service and for outstanding leadership in advancing national service as a civic commitment and legislative priority.  This award is the coalition’s highest honor.

Congresswoman Matsui joins a bipartisan group of 20 distinguished leaders in government, business and journalism from across the nation being honored including: Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Chris Coons (D-DE), John McCain (R-AZ) and Patty Murray (D-WA), Representatives Billy Long (R-MO) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and Governor Haley Barbour.

The awards will be formally presented in Washington, DC at the 15th Annual Friends of National Service Awards on February 13, 2018. Honorees are selected based on recognition and support for national service as a solution to some of the nation’s most pressing challenges. Each award winner has helped to raise public awareness of national service and elevate service as a national priority. Click here for a full list of honorees and event details.

“Congressman Doris Matsui is a relentless advocate for national service and a fierce believer in the role the federal government can play in putting citizens at the center of solving community problems,” said Voices for National Service President AnnMaura Connolly. “As Co-Chair of the National Service Congressional Caucus, Representative Matsui rallies her colleagues to protect and grow national service funding. We are deeply grateful for all that Representative Matsui has done to fight for expanded service opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds and pleased to recognize her visionary leadership with our highest honor.”

“No one was a greater champion for national service than Senator Kennedy and I am deeply honored to receive this award that bears his name,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “National service programs are moving the needle on some of the most pressing challenges we face as a nation. AmeriCorps provides benefits far beyond the sum of its parts and multiplies a modest federal investment many times over through its community impact. That’s why our continued support of programs supported through the Corporation for National and Community Service is vital to our future progress.”    

National service is a cost-effective strategy for engaging citizens, improving communities and strengthening the nation. In communities across the country, national service members of all ages and backgrounds provide critical services to fulfill unmet needs. National service members tutor and mentor struggling students, help Americans lead healthier lives, provide job training and other services to returning veterans, preserve the nation’s parks and public lands, offer relief and recovery assistance after natural disasters and support independent living for seniors and Americans with disabilities. For every federal dollar invested in national service, there are returns to society of nearly four dollars in terms of higher earnings, increased output and other community-wide benefits.

Congress created the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that oversees national service programs such as AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, to be a public-private partnership that invests limited federal dollars to leverage substantial private investment to improve lives and communities. In 2015, CNCS generated $1.26 billion in outside resources from private businesses, foundations, and other sources, an amount exceeding the federal appropriation. Furthermore, a recent survey found that eight out of 10 alumni say AmeriCorps benefited and advanced their career path, and that AmeriCorps alumni are more likely to attain a bachelor’s degree or higher than the average American adult.

Details

15th Annual Friends of National Service Awards

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:30pm

East Hall at Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC

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Voices for National Service is a diverse coalition of national service programs, state service commissions and individual champions, who work to ensure Americans of all ages and backgrounds have the opportunity to serve and volunteer in their community. Founded in 2003, Voices for National Service has built strong bipartisan support among our nation's leaders and helped to elevate national service as a powerful strategy for tackling unmet needs, preparing young people for work, uniting our country and developing civic character
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