The nation’s mayors are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to address city challenges. By unleashing the power of citizens, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs have a positive and lasting impact – making our cities better places to live. To spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve, mayors across the country will participate in the second-annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service on April 1, 2014.
On this day, mayors will hold public events and use traditional and social media to highlight the value and impact of national service to the nation’s cities. Last year, 832 Mayors representing nearly 100 million citizens participated in the inaugural Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. The initiative is being led by the Corporation for National and Community Service; Cities of Service; the National League of Cities; and Mesa, AZ, Mayor Scott Smith, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Why a Day of Recognition?
As solution-focused local elected officials, mayors have a unique role in this country. Mayors’ focus on engaging citizens and meeting local needs matches CNCS’s mission to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement. CNCS’s priority on expanding economic opportunity to create sustainable and resilient communities directly aligns with the goals of 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?
Altogether, 832 mayors 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 mayors represent nearly 100 million citizens, or nearly one-third of all Americans. You can read an initial catalogue of press and media coverage here.
This initiative was led by the Corporation for National and Community Service; Cities of Service; the National League of Cities; and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
In addition, a special thanks goes to Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers of Avondale, AZ, president of the National League of Cities; Mayor Scott Smith of Mesa, AZ, vice president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors; and Mayor Chris Coleman of St. Paul, MN, vice president of National League of Cities.
Our Facebook gallery features photos from recognition events all around the country. Feel free to tag yourself or your program, and share with your friends and family. And we want to share your stories too, so please send them to us MayorsForService@cns.gov.
- Fact Sheet: Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service
- The annual Volunteering and Civic Life in in America report is the most comprehensive data on volunteering ever assembled, providing detailed information on volunteering trends and demographics in the United States for all 50 states and more than 150 major cities.
- 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.