Let Washington, D.C. Know Road Scholar Should Receive Federal Aid

Many of you contacted Congress on Road Scholar’s behalf to let the federal government know that non-profit organizations like Road Scholar should be eligible for relief. However, midsize non-profits like Road Scholar have been improperly excluded from the two loan programs enacted to date, and the legislation passed does not help. There will be more relief packages, so please let your representatives know that Road Scholar should get the funding it needs at this critical time.


Please let Congress know that Road Scholar should receive aid at this critical moment, because a world without Road Scholar is unimaginable.

There are two ways you can help...

  1. Do you have a personal connection with any of the key legislators listed below, or anyone in their offices?
    The federal government is developing another relief package to help industries impacted by COVID-19. If you or anyone you know has personal connections to the members of Congress shown below, please fill out this form so we can connect with you.

  2. Email the letter below your federal representatives.
    Explain to your members of Congress that organizations like Road Scholar impacted by COVID-19 deserve to be included in the next round of disaster relief funding. Copy the sample letter below and submit it via your legislators’ web sites or paste it into an email to send to your Senator and Representative. You can find your legislators’ contact information here


Copy and paste this text into an email.


Dear ________,

I am writing to you about an issue critical to Road Scholar, formerly Elderhostel, the not-for-profit, educational travel organization that provides learning adventures for more than 100,000 older Americans annually. Road Scholar employs more than 600 staff throughout the United States and operates learning programs in all 50 states and 150 countries.

Road Scholar needs your help. It is critical that Congress, in addressing the devastating effects of the coronavirus, include relief for non-profit Road Scholar. Although the CARES Act signed into law contained loan provisions that should have benefited Road Scholar, mid-sized non-profits, like Road Scholar, have been denied access to these loans.

As a member of Congress, there are two ways you can help …

  1. Raise the Small Business Association employee limit from 500 to 1,000 for non-profit organizations, or exclude part-time employees from the 500-employee size criteria.
  2. Ask the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve to ensure that non-profits are eligible for the Main Street Lending Program.

Road Scholar is too important to the well-being of America’s older adults, and it’s imperative that the organization be here when it is safe and appropriate for them to travel and learn again.

If you want more information, please contact Lowell Partridge at lowell.partridge@roadscholar.org.


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Here is a list of key legislators who can impact COVID-19 relief funding.

Senate Leadership:

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

Senate Small Business Committee*:

Chairman Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Senator James Risch (R-ID)
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)
Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA)
Senator James Inhofe (R-OK)
Senator Todd Young (R-IN)
Senator John Kennedy (R-LA)
Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT)
Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO)

* We are grateful for the support of Democratic members on the Senate Small Business Committee but we need your help to reach Republican members.

Senate Finance Committee:

Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR)

House Leadership:

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12)
Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-C-23)

House Small Business Committee:

Chairwoman Nydia Velazquez (D-NY-7)
Ranking Member Steve Chabot (R-OH-1)

House Ways & Means Committee:

Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA-1)
Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX-8)

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