2017 Mayor, County, and Tribal Recognition Day for National Service

On April 4, 2017, more than 4,520 leaders across the United States demonstrated their support for AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs during the fifth-annual Mayor, County, and Tribal Recognition Day for National Service.

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  1. The fifth-annual Mayor, County, and Tribal Recognition Day for National Service was a rousing success with more than 4,520 leaders from around the nation recognizing the contributions AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers make to improve their communities. It was a record-breaking day, with these leaders representing more than 194 million Americans!
  2. For a state-by-state look at some of the activities and festivities, click the links to jump to the section containing your state (listed alphabetically): Alabama-Arkansas, California-Florida, Georgia-Iowa, Kansas-Maryland, Massachusetts-Montana, Nebraska-North Dakota, Ohio-Tennessee, and Texas-Wyoming. (Our collection is extensive, so give the page a minute to load.)
  3. Three years ago we partnered with the National Association of Counties to engage county leaders and participation has grown ever since.
  4. We don’t have to look far to find powerful examples of national service members getting things done. In my own city of Tallahassee, Florida, AmeriCorps members are tutoring and mentoring students in low-performing schools, helping to improve student performance and attendance and reduce disciplinary actions. Our homeless receive job training, resource connections, financial literacy and housing assistance. And our Alzheimer’s Project provides families respite care, allowing caregivers a much needed break. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Senior Corps volunteers are ensuring that more than 150 home-bound seniors every year are able to live independently. And from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to Richwood, West Virginia, national service members are helping communities impacted by devastating disasters recover and rebuild.
  5. The following are examples from four stories where leaders highlighted the value of national service in their communities.
  6. "It really boggles the mind to think how much less our community would be without groups like AmeriCorps and RSVP. They're in schools, they're working with companies with non-profits with government offices. Really their impact is felt all throughout the whole region," said Mayor Tim Kabat.
  7. “The corporation for national and community service shares a priority with the mayors nationwide to improve its citizens, improve lives and strengthen communities,” Karos said. “I couldn’t be doing the things that I do without the volunteers in this community. Not only volunteers, but all the workers throughout the county and the state. I just want to say thank you to each and every one of you.”
  8. Chair of The Board of Commissioners,Todd Witgen, believes these services can be taken for granted at times. that's why this day is a good reminder. "A lot of people don't understand how important Americorps and SeniorCorps are to the everyday lives that they live. And so they overlook it, frequently, and that's why it's important to have days like this," says Witgen.
  9. “Volunteer service is a true example of a symbiotic relationship where both the volunteer and the community benefit,” according to Mary Jane Miles, Chairman of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee. “Participants in programs such as AmeriCorps provide tangible, positive benefits to communities and in return those individuals gain valuable education, experience and skills that will be with them their entire lives,” continued Miles. “I have always been impressed with the commitment, dedication and patriotism of these volunteers.”
  10. The day also received recognition from our friends at the United Way -- much appreciated!
  11. Today marks Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service, which encourages elected officials to shine a spotlight on the impact national service members have in local communities. Throughout the country, nearly 4,000 mayors, city officials, and tribal leaders will hold public events to recognize national service as an effective system that improves lives, strengthens communities, and alleviates poverty.  United Way is proud to join elected officials in the nationwide salute to thank AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members who serve.
  12. Alabama

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