Increase the budget of the U.S. Peace Corps
Created by Jeff Kladder
This campaign needs to raise $5,000 to hire one of our lobbyists. 100% of donations go towards paying lobbying fees for this issue.
My name is Jeff and I served as a Peace Corps volunteer from 2009 - 2011. I had an amazing experience that enriched my life and taught me skills I never thought I needed. I also did a lot of good in the country where I served (a place called Vanuatu).
When I served in 2010, the budget for the Peace Corps was $400 million. In 2018, it was $398 million. That might seem like a small drop, but if you adjust it for inflation, that is a loss of almost $60 million!
Last year, the Peace Corps got more applications than ever! However, Donald Trump wants to continue cutting programs like the Peace Corps and prohibit Americans from serving and helping other countries.
Lobbyists 4 Good can help! If we raise 5,000 dollars they will hire a lobbyist to advocate for more Peace Corps funding. Once the 5,000 dollar goal is raised, we will finally have somebody who can create political pressure to force our politicians to act... please help out by donating to my campaign now!
Current efforts have been ineffective and we need a new approach to ensure we have a strong Peace Corps for future generations. If we succeed, we can finally give the Peace Corps the capacity to match the growing desire to serve.
About the Peace Corps
The Peace Corps has been called "America's secret weapon for peace" and the "best bang for your buck in the Federal Government." The Peace Corps is also one government funded program that has bipartisan support in Congress. Senators and representatives from both parties have served as volunteers.
The Peace Corps was created by President John F. Kennedy on March 1st 1961. Since its creation, there have been over 230,000 volunteers in 141 countries. In the last 7 years, applications to the Peace Corps have skyrocketed, rising over 400% from previous years. Thousands of college graduates looking to make a difference in the world are being denied the chance to serve as volunteers.
The Peace Corps is a powerful diplomacy tool. Volunteers live and work with local communities and build relationships that last a lifetime. Many current government officials in developing countries were educated by Peace Corps volunteers. The goodwill built among the U.S. and our partners through the Peace Corps is immeasurable.
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With an average donation of $27, Bernie Sanders was able to raise 234 million dollars! That would double what the Chamber of Commerce spends on lobbying.
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As noted on the Peace Corps website,"returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) have gone on to achieve extraordinary success in all kinds of fields. Some, inspired by their service, stay in education or health-related professions, or choose to join the Foreign Service. Others pursue careers in business, from entrepreneurial startups to management at major companies. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers are working as journalists, writers, members of Congress, and even astronauts."
What will the lobbyists do?
The lobbyist we hire for the Peace Corps will create a strong argument for why the Peace Corps should have a higher budget. They will meet with staffers on the Foreign Affairs Committee and staffers on the State and Foreign Ops Approps Subcommittee to make their argument for higher funding.
They will use their personal connections to get meetings that other people would not be able to get, and they will identify people who could be champions for Peace Corps.
Lobbyists are effective at getting things done in Congress, and they will work hard for you to make sure your voice is heard!