The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act (H.R. 1388, S. 277), currently being considered by Congress, would improve and expand national and community service programs and thereby bolster the infrastructure for volunteerism within the nonprofit community. The Act would increase the number of service volunteers to 250,000 and would offer service opportunities for all ages, targeting areas such as veterans services, the environment, disaster relief and arts education. The bill also would create a nationwide community-based infrastructure fund to leverage investments in service. It would create a volunteer generation fund to assist nonprofits with the coordination, training and management of volunteers. The Senate passed the Act on March 26 (the companion act, known as GIVE, or the “Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act,” was passed by the House on March 18). The House version of the bill would prohibit individuals and organizations that participate in National Service programs from engaging in lobbying and advocacy activities outside of National Service programs. The Senate version restricts the types of activities for which national service positions can be used, preventing participants from engaging in activities such as voter registration drives, political or legislative advocacy and abortion services; however, nonprofit organizations would continue to be able to utilize their own funds to advocate for causes in which they believe. Additionally, the Senate has agreed to include an amendment to set up a program in the Corporation for National and Community Service to expand organizational development assistance to small and midsize nonprofit organizations.