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House Proceeding 03-18-09 on Mar 18th, 2009 :: 2:28:05 to 2:31:05
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Thomas E. Petri

2:28:02 to 2:28:22( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas E. Petri: year of national service that we value their contribution and we will continue to honor it in the years to come. so i encourage my colleagues to support this amendment as well as final passage of the give act. so i thank you and, mr. chairman, at this time i will yield two minutes to the

Thomas E. Petri

2:28:05 to 2:31:05( Edit History Discussion )
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Thomas E. Petri

2:28:23 to 2:28:44( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas E. Petri: gentleman from virginia. the chair: the gentleman f virginia is recognized for two minutes. mr. perriello: thank you. i rise today in support of this great national service bill and specifically the reserve corps amendment. i rise also as a proud member of the community service generation. my generation, which was often

Thomas E. Petri

2:28:45 to 2:29:06( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas E. Petri: given a hard time for not voting, was always volunteering in record numbers. we did believe in the idea of civic duty and community service that we had learned from our grandparents in the greatest generation. and we saw through the original americorps programs and others what a great idea service was, not only was it a chance to help out tse struggling in

Thomas E. Petri

2:29:07 to 2:29:29( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas E. Petri: our community, but it was a chance to build our own character and our own sense of commitment to community and to country. i come from the nonprofit sector. i spent most of the last decade before congress in the nonprofit sector, and i have not had a day of that experience go by that i did not feel that i had benefited as much as i had helped.

Thomas E. Petri

2:29:30 to 2:29:51( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas E. Petri: i'veorked in west africa, in darfur, in the communities with at-risk kids back here at home. and always enjoyed and celebrated that time. there are few things that i learned from that time in the nonprofit sector that i believe have gone into this reserve corps amenent. first and foremost is the idea that once you get someone to

Thomas E. Petri

2:29:52 to 2:30:15( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas E. Petri: volunteer for a little piece of time you've turned them into a volunteer for life. volunteering is a wonderful program and where we can reach out and he volunteers we will see that continue to come back to our communities time and time ain. and this cannot be something that's only affordable to those with wealth. we have so many displaced workers who want to volunteer,

Thomas E. Petri

2:30:16 to 2:30:37( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas E. Petri: senior citizens who want to volunteer, high school students. and we need to be celebrating and fostering that spirit of service. and finally, we need to respect and understand the level of professionalism in our nonprofit and volunteer sector. people learn skills here that are incredibly valuable to our community. and this reserve corps is based on the idea that once we have made that investment in giving

Thomas E. Petri

2:30:38 to 2:30:58( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas E. Petri: someone the skills to be a great high-level professional volunteer in their community, let's keep them on as a reserve corps so that we can call them up in times of great national emergency, like hurricane katrina, to help rebuild levees, to help build low-income homes. let's make volunteerism not something to do for a smer but something to do for a

Thomas E. Petri

2:30:59 to 2:31:05( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas E. Petri: lifetime. i believe this bill reaches in the best tradition of service and the best of our sense of

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