This month, I became a member of the National Service Congressional Caucus. I’m proud to join with my Senate colleagues, from both parties, to support the vital role of national service programs in strengthening communities across America. Members of the caucus are dedicated to raising awareness and expanding service opportunities for all Americans.
After college, I had the privilege to serve as a fifth grade teacher and eighth grade basketball coach in North Philadelphia for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Those experiences had a profound impact on my life and I hope they were as significant for the children I served as they were for me. As Governor of Pennsylvania, my father created the Governor’s Office of Citizen Service, better known as PennSERVE. My friend Senator Harris Wofford led the Corporation for National Community Service for six years after serving Pennsylvania. With more than 3,000 Americorps members and more than 15,000 Senior Corps members serving in Pennsylvania this year, I’m proud to continue our state’s rich tradition of service to others and support national service in the United States Senate.