Recognizing the work AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs perform in communities across the nation, the National League of Cities (NLC) will join more than 275 city leaders to shine a spotlight on their service during the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service on April 9.
This initiative is being led by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS); 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.
During the event, mayors around the country will hold public events to highlight the value and impact of national service participants in 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. CNCS annually engages more than 5 million citizens in service at 70,000 sites across the nation, leveraging federal and private funds to support organizations that achieve measurable results where the need is greatest.
"Mayors are leaders who get things done, responding every day to needs in their cities," said Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer. "I thank all those mayors joining in this important effort to recognize the impact of national service on the critical challenges facing our cities."