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WASHINGTON, DC – At a reception in Alexandria, VA, Senator Thad Cochran was announced as the 2016 Friend of America’s Service Commissions award recipient as part of America’s Service Commissions (ASC) Innovation and Leadership Awards. The Friend of America’s Service Commissions is selected for their outstanding contributions to the field of national and community service and for their support of state service commissions.
Senator Cochran is the senior United State Senator from Mississippi. Under Senator Cochran’s leadership as Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, funding for AmeriCorps has increased 15%, along with an increase of 50% in funding for state service service commissions providing critical resources for service infrastructure and program support in underserved communities.
Senator Cochran also serves as co-chair of the Senate National Service Caucus, a bipartisan group of legislators in the United States Senate dedicated to raising awareness of national service and expanding service opportunities in America.
“We’re pleased to present Senator Cochran with this honor,” said Kaira Esgate, CEO of America’s Service Commissions. “Senator Cochran has been a driving force for national service and volunteering funding in Congress.”
About America’s Service Commissions
America’s Service Commissions is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing and promoting the 52 governor-appointed state service commissions across the United States and territories with the mission to advance national service, volunteerism, and the network of state service commissions. State service commissions are governor-appointed public agencies or nonprofit organizations made up of more than 1,110 commissioners, private citizens leading the nation’s service movement and administering 78 percent of the federal AmeriCorps funds to address pressing community needs. Learn more: www.statecommissions.org.