Congress wants to create a 21st century version of the Civilian Conservation Corps to help maintain and preserve federal lands and parks. Search find jobs – Conservation Corps for details.
Here is a summary:
The 2017 expansion, would allow federal land and management agencies to use volunteers to fill vacancies on restoration projects that are backlogged. The back log of restoration and maintenance projects is causing many of our National Parks and federal lands to be closed to the public. According to lawmakers pushing the bill, those that volunteer for these opportunities will receive a “leg up” when applying for federal jobs. The program would target veterans, inner city youth, underprivileged youth, and others to fill the vacancies. The volunteers will be trained and work for stint up to 1 year.
Is this Volunteering, Free Labor or Slavery?
In 1933 Civilian Conservation Corps was a work relieve program to help the unemployed, unmarried men from relief families. CCC a big part of the New Deal, provided unskilled manual work related to the conservation and development of natural resources on federal land. The 1933 program provided housing, clothing, food and a small wage to those that volunteered. Most of the wage paid to the workers were required to be sent home, about $25 of every $30 earned.
Looking at the 2017 expansion of the CCC program, none of the benefits that was given to volunteers in 1933 are being provided to the volunteers of 2017. They won’t be given anything except the eligibility for non-completive hiring for two years. In our current economy, can people really afford to volunteer in hopes of getting a position with the federal government? With decrease in funding in areas like housing, unemployment and the SMART program, making it difficult for individuals to volunteer for this or any other programs.
Our country is quickly moving from a country that supports our poor, sick, and underprivileged; to one that believes in only helping themselves. But sometimes we forget that just because we don’t need help today doesn’t mean we won’t need help tomorrow.
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