By Ally Freeman
The National League of Cities (NLC) is joining with city leaders across the country to participate in a national day of recognition this April 9, 2013 to highlight the impact of national service in their cities.
More than 200 mayors have already signed onto the effort, the first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service.
On the day, mayors will highlight the impact of national service programs AmeriCorps and Senior Corps and thank the individuals who serve. Mayors will hold public events, engage with national service members, and use traditional and social media to highlight the value of national service to the nation's cities.
National service is a cost-effective strategy to help address the challenges facing America's cities," said Chris Coleman, Mayor of St. Paul and first vice president of the National League of Cities. "AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs have a positive and lasting impact - making our cities better places to live. I encourage mayors across the country to join this effort to thank and recognize the dedicated men and women who participate in national service programs for their commitment and impact."
Whether supporting food banks and homeless shelters, restoring city parks, building homes, managing community volunteers, providing health services, or bridging the education gap by tutoring and mentoring students, national service members help city leaders tackle tough problems.
Through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and other programs, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) annually engages more than five million citizens in service at more than 70,000 sites across the country. As the federal agency for national service and volunteerism, the Corporation for National and Community Service uses federal and private funds to support organizations that achieve measurable results where the need is greatest; last year alone, the organization leveraged more than $1 billion in investments for organizations operating or based in more than 500 cities nationwide.
In addition to the NLC and the Corporation for National and Community Service, other sponsors of the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service include Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors; and Cities of Service, a nationwide bipartisan coalition of mayors committed to engaging citizens in addressing critical city needs.
"Mayors are leaders who get things done, responding every day to needs in their cities," said Wendy Spencer, CEO of Corporation for National and Community Service. "I thank all those mayors joining in this important effort to recognize the impact of national service on the critical challenges facing our cities."
Visit www.nationalservice.gov/mayorsforservice for more information and to sign up.
Details: Attendees at NLC's 2013 Congressional City Conference will have the chance to learn more about programs supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Representatives from CNCS will be participating in the Federal Agency Round Robin session on Monday, March 11 at 2:00 p.m.