Every day, in counties across America, national service is tackling tough problems and strengthening communities. On April 7, 2015, county leaders across the nation will recognize the impact of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps and thank those who serve on the first annual County Day of Recognition for National Service.
On this day, county executives and board chairs will hold public events, issue proclamations, and use media to highlight the impact of national service and inspire more citizens to serve. The initiative, part of National County Government Month, is being led by the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
As the federal agency for national service and volunteering, CNCS annually engages five million citizens in service at more than 60,000 locations. Through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund and other programs, CNCS leverages federal and private funds to support organizations that achieve measurable results where the need is greatest. Whether supporting food banks and homeless shelters, restoring parks, building homes, providing health services, strengthening public safety and juvenile justice services, and managing community volunteers, national service members help local leaders tackle tough problems.
Why a Day of Recognition?
County governments have a broad range of responsibilities to their residents, which matches CNCS’s mission to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement. A coordinated day of recognition presents a unique opportunity to spotlight the key role that national service plays in helping counties solve problems. Participating in the day will highlight the impact of citizen service, show support for nonprofit and national service groups, and inspire more residents to serve in their communities.
All county board chairs and county executives are encouraged to participate. Suggested activities include holding a thank you event, becoming an Employer of National Service, issuing a proclamation, visiting a national service program, joining a service project, taking a group photo with national service members, and using social media to thank those who serve.
We offer a variety of resources to help county executives learn about national service and volunteering in their counties and expand opportunities to serve:
- Through Operation AmeriCorps, CNCS is partnering with tribes and city and county governments to engage AmeriCorps members as the transformative catalyst to address a pressing problem.
- Employers of National Service builds a talent pipeline to connect AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni with leading employers from all sectors to create recruitment, hiring, and advancement opportunities. Through Employers of National Service, local governments have access to a dedicated, highly qualified, and mission-oriented pool of potential employees.
- Each year, CNCS produces National Service Profiles that list all national service resources in every state. CNCS will also produce profiles for counties for the County Day of Recognition for National Service.
- The annual Volunteering and Civic Life in America report is the most comprehensive data on volunteering ever assembled, providing detailed information on volunteering trends and demographics in the U.S., all fifty states, and more than 150 major cities.
- Our National Service Knowledge Network contains a variety of free online resources for about national service, volunteering, capacity building, and other topics.