WASHINGTON, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Senator Tom Harkin, (D-Iowa) was presented the appreciation award for his lifelong dedication and support of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). Senator Harkin's efforts have supported the CSBG and WAP missions of creating economic and energy security for vulnerable Americans. The National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) presented the award to Senator Harkin on Thursday.
National Association for State Community Services Programs vice president William Brand said, "Working with Senator Harkin has been a privilege and one that we will continue to value for years to come. NASCSP and its members are deeply appreciative of the Senator's commitment to helping end poverty and his willingness to go beyond the call of duty to ensure struggling Americans have access to economic opportunity and a gateway to the middle class."
Senator Harkin has been a longtime supporter of CSBG, WAP and other programs that build strong communities. "I am a strong believer in giving those who are less fortunate opportunities to improve their economic standing, and NASCSP has been a great partner in this cause," said Harkin. "I am honored to receive this award and want to thank NASCSP for their efforts to reduce poverty in America."
About Senator Harkin (D-Iowa), United States Senate
Senator Harkin grew up in Cumming, Iowa, where he still lives in his childhood home. He came to Washington after serving in the Navy as a jet pilot. Sen. Harkin has been an advocate for the poor and the disabled by dedicating his life to community service programs, education and health initiatives, volunteerism, and advocacy for those suffering from disabilities through the American Disabilities Act (ADA). Sen. Harkin is the Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. He is also Chair of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, and Chair of Senate Appropriation Subcommittee for energy and water development.
About the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP)
The National Association for State Community Services Programs, also known as NASCSP, is a professional association whose members are state administrators of the Department of Human Services' Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and the U.S. Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program (DOE/WAP). The mission of NASCSP is to build capacity in states to respond to poverty issues.
SOURCE National Association for State Community Services Programs