Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service April 1, 2014

Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service
April 1, 2014

WHEREAS, service to others is a hallmark of the American character and central to how we meet challenges; and

WHEREAS, the nation’s mayors are increasingly turning to national service and volunteerism as a cost-effective strategy to meet local government’s needs; and

WHEREAS, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps address the most pressing challenges facing our towns, cities, and nation, from educating students for the jobs of the 21st century and supporting veterans and military families to preserving the environment and helping communities recover from natural disasters; and

WHEREAS, national service expands economic opportunity by creating more sustainable, resilient communities and providing education, career skills, and leadership abilities for those who serve; and

WHEREAS, national service participants serve in more than 70,000 locations across the country, bolstering the civic, neighborhood, and faith-based organizations that are so vital to our economic and social well-being; and

WHEREAS, national service participants increase the impact of the organizations they serve with, both through their direct service and by recruiting and managing millions of additional volunteers; and

WHEREAS, national service represents a unique public-private partnership that invests in community solutions and leverages non-federal sources to strengthen community impact and increase the return on taxpayer dollars; and

WHEREAS, AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers demonstrate commitment, dedication, and patriotism by making an intensive commitment to service, a commitment that remains with them in the future endeavors; and

WHEREAS, the Corporation for National and Community Service shares a priority with mayors nationwide to engage citizens, improve lives, and strengthen communities and is joining with mayors across the country to support the Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service on April 1, 2014;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Calvin L. Coleman, Jr., Mayor of the Town of Culpeper, Virginia, do hereby proclaim April 1, 2014, as National Service Recognition Day and encourage residents to recognize the positive impact of national service in our town, to thank those who serve, and to find ways to give back to their communities.

GIVEN under my hand this 18th day of March 2014.

Calvin L. Coleman, Jr., Mayor
Town of Culpeper, Virginia