By Sandy Scott
For the second year, the National League of Cities is joining with city leaders across the country to participate in a national day of recognition this April 1, 2014 to highlight the impact of national service in their cities.
Newly elected NLC President Chris Coleman, mayor, Saint Paul, Minn., announced NLC’s support during a service project with AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members at a local food bank in Seattle.
“Every day, in cities across the country, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members are making a powerful difference through national service. These dedicated citizens are tackling tough challenges facing our communities – helping kids graduate, fighting poverty, making neighborhoods safer, and much more,” said Mayor Coleman. “I believe in the power of national service and encourage mayors and city officials across the country to join in recognizing the positive impact of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps in our cities.”
Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service is designed for participating mayors to hold public events and use traditional and social media to highlight the impact of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and thank those who serve.
Last year, 832 Mayors representing nearly 100 million citizens participated in the inaugural effort, and organizers hope for an even bigger turnout this year. The initiative is led by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS); Cities of Service; the National League of Cities; and Mesa, Ariz. Mayor Scott Smith, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Mayor Coleman was joined at the announcement at the Pike Place Market food bank by Mayor Smith, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS, and local AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members.
“Mayors are leaders who get things done, responding every day to needs in their cities,” Spencer said. “I commend Mayor Coleman and Mayor Smith for their outstanding leadership, and thank all those mayors joining in this important effort to recognize the impact of national service on the critical challenges facing our cities.
As the federal agency for service and volunteering, CNCS annually engages more than five million citizens in service at more than 70,000 sites in 8,500 cities across the country through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and other programs. The agency uses federal and private funds to support nonprofit groups, and a significant portion of this investment is focused on cities.
Whether supporting food banks and homeless shelters, restoring city parks, building homes, providing health services, tutoring and mentoring students and managing community volunteers, national service members help mayors tackle tough problems.
NLC encourages mayors to participate in the April 1 recognition effort as a way to say thanks to these dedicated citizens. Visit www.nationalservice.gov/mayorsforservice for more information and to sign up.
Sandy Scott is the Senior Communications Advisor for the Corporation for National and Community Service.