Deana Weidle: Shutdown hurts Americorps plans

October 11, 2013 

Shutdown hurts Americorps plans

For many months, I have been preparing to move to Denver, Colo., for Americorps, a federal program that allows young people to do service projects in the U.S. and receive an education award to go toward college or student-loan debt.

Less than one week before my departure date, the government shut down, leaving me with no options.

I know of other Americorps participants whose plans have been affected, and I was surprised to find out how many had quit their job, didn’t pay next month’s rent or put their belongings in storage because, like me, they thought they would be leaving.

Now people are sidetracked, not knowing what to do.

I am looking for different options, and for now I’m back in Cary and hoping for the best.

Deana Weidle

Cary

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