(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray has issued a proclamation declaring April 9 as the first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service in the District of Columbia. Mayor Gray joins more than 650 mayors across the United States in this initiative, led by the US Conference of Mayors and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
“National service programs and their participants make a tremendous impact on the lives of District residents every day, and it is an honor to set today aside to recognize those who serve,” said Mayor Gray. “Our city is a better and more just place because of the efforts of individuals and organizations that are committed to using service as a solution to community needs.”
Tomorrow, mayors across the country will highlight the value and impact of national service programs (such as AmeriCorps and Senior Corps) with public events, service projects and engagement via traditional and social media. Mayor Gray will celebrate Tuesday with a morning visit to Neval Thomas Elementary School in Ward 7 to observe and thank AmeriCorps members who serve as literacy tutors with Serve DC – The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism grantees Jumpstart and AARP Experience Corps.
Tomorrow evening, Mayor Gray will pay tribute to the District’s national service programs and corps members with a pre-game presentation at 6:50 pm prior to the Washington Nationals baseball game versus the Chicago White Sox at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals organization donated game tickets to AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members who serve in the District.
In the District, more than 3,100 people of all ages and backgrounds help to meet local needs, strengthen communities, and increase civic engagement through national service programs. AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members serve in every District ward tutoring and mentoring children, supporting veterans and military families, providing health services, restoring the environment, responding to disasters, increasing economic opportunity and recruiting and managing volunteers.
Serve DC – The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism is the DC Commission on National and Community Service. It administers federal CNCS funds and coordinates national service initiatives in the District. Serve DC manages the AmeriCorps State national service program, which strengthens and builds local organizations’ capacity to meet critical community needs.