The nation’s mayors and county officials are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to address local challenges. By unleashing the power of citizens, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs have a positive and lasting impact – making our cities and counties better places to live. To spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve, mayors and country officials will participate in the fourth-annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service on April 5, 2016.
On this day, mayors and county officials will hold public events and use traditional and social media to highlight the value of national service to the nation’s cities and counties. Last year, 2,786 elected officials representing more than 150 million citizens participated in the third-annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service. The initiative is being led by the National League of Cities, National Association of Counties, Cities of Service and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Why a Recognition Day?
As solution-focused local leaders, mayors and county officials have a unique role in this country. Their focus on engaging citizens and meeting local needs matches CNCS’s mission to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement. Our priority on expanding economic opportunity to create sustainable and resilient communities directly aligns with the goals of county officials and mayors. A coordinated day of recognition presents a unique opportunity to spotlight the key role that national service plays in solving local problems and challenges. 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.
What Happened Last Year?
On April 7, 2015, the third-annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service united local leaders across the country to spotlight the impact of national service and honor those who serve. Altogether, 2,786 mayor and county offiicals in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico officially recognized the work that AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers are doing to make cities better and stronger. Together, these elected officials represent more than 150 million citizens, or half of the population.
Check out our wrap up of 2015 Recognition Day on Storify.
CNCS offers a variety of resources that can help mayors learn about service and volunteering in their cities, and engage more residents in service:
- As part of the 2015 AmeriCorps funding competition, the AmeriCorps Governor and Mayor Initiative prioritizes funding for a governor and a mayor to work together to tackle a pressing local issue. Currently, 11 states have Governor and Mayor Initiative programs, engaging 675 AmeriCorps members in addressing a range of issues including dropout prevention, childhood literacy, job readiness, environmental stewardship, human trafficking, and economic opportunity.
- Through Operation AmeriCorps, CNCS is partnering with tribes and local governments to engage AmeriCorps members as the transformative catalyst to address a pressing problem. For the time ever, the initiative allows applicants to apply for resources from all three AmeriCorps programs in a single application. The application deadline is January 13.
- 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 cities in preparation for the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service.