Some local non-profit groups may be breathing a sigh of relief. That's because federal budget cuts to community service organizations like AmeriCorps may not be as bad as first thought.
Republicans had wanted to completely eliminate funding for AmeriCorps. But in the compromise budget agreed to by the President and Congressional leaders, AmeriCorps will only see its budget cut by 6.7%.
Groups like the Volunteer and Information Center rely on AmeriCorps workers for valuable help.
"(We) need that person, need that staff, need that energy that these people come out of school to give," said Anne Rains, Volunteer Director for Hands on River Region. "And they can do it at an affordable cost."
"There are so many people who are in need, who are without the resources in this community, their children would go days without eating," said Timberly Williams, an AmeriCorps worker, who helps with the 211 Hotline.