More than 33 mayors, county and tribal leaders across Idaho today
(April 4) are recognizing the impact AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs have
made on their local communities.
The fifth annual Mayor, County and Tribal Recognition Day for
National Service is a nationwide bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact
of national service, thank those who serve and encourage citizens to give back
to their communities. Nationwide, 4,520 elected officials representing more
than 194 million Americans will participate.
The initiative is being led by the Corporation for National and
Community Service - the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, Senior
Corps and other volunteer programs - in partnership with the National League of
Cities, the National Association of Counties, and Cities of Service. In Idaho,
the effort is being coordinated in partnership with Serve Idaho, the
governor-appointed state service commission, which is integral to the more than
$5 million in national service funding to Idaho nonprofit and other
community-based organizations each year.
“National service shows the best of the American spirit – people
turning toward problems instead of away, working together to find community
solutions,” said Renee Bade, Serve Idaho program manager. “Today, as we thank
national service members for their commitment, let us all pledge to do our part
to strengthen our state and country through service and volunteering.”
Participating mayors and county officials will visit AmeriCorps
and Senior Corps service sites, join in service projects, present proclamations
and host thank you events recognizing the contributions of national service. A
full list of participating mayors and county leaders by state can be found
here. By shining the spotlight on the impact of service and thanking those who
serve, local officials hope to inspire more residents to get involved in their
Idaho, a division of the Idaho Department of Labor, encourages voluntary public
service and volunteerism throughout the state. The Serve Idaho Commission is
funded in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the
Idaho Department of Labor.