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.
In Olympia, Washington, United Way of Thurston County and Mayor Cheryl Selby will serve alongside AmeriCorps VISTA members to create health and hygiene kits for a local community schools program.
Many elected officials will issue a proclamation honoring the day, like Mayor Teresa Jacobs did last year in Orange County, Florida. Local organizations supporting national service, including Heart of Florida United Way, were presented a proclamation at the Board of County Commissioners Meeting.
How are your elected officials recognizing national service members in their communities? Consider letting them know how much you value national service and contact Congress to show your support for AmeriCorps and Senior Corps.