Athens Mayor Nancy Denson and Winterville Mayor Dodd Ferrell will join more than 2,800 county officials and mayors across the country in a nationwide bipartisan initiative to highlight the impact of national service in tackling local problems.

Mayor Denson and Mayor Ferrell will join volunteers and representatives from the Athens Community Council on Aging’s Senior Corps Program, and AmeriCorps members from Athens Land Trust, the University of Georgia Office of Service-Learning, and the University of Georgia Extension and Georgia 4H for a presentation to the Classic City Rotary Club on Monday, April 4th on the impact of National Service in Clarke County. Following the presentation, the Mayors will deliver a proclamation recognizing the contributions of local volunteers and naming Tuesday, April 5th as National Service Recognition Day.

Given the many social needs facing communities, county and city leaders are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to meet local needs.  More than 150 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers based in Clarke County and serving throughout the state, provide vital support in addressing food insecurity, helping older adults maintain independence, and facilitating youth and community development programs.

The Mayor and County Day of Recognition for National Service is a nationwide bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of national service in counties, to thank those who serve, and to encourage citizens to give back to their communities.   The day is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, and Cities of Service.

“I am proud to be working with Mayor Denson and Mayor Ferrell as we continue to strengthen communities through national service,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.  “County officials and mayors are leaders who get things done.  They know first-hand the value of national service in tackling local problems.  I commend the Mayors for working with us to improve lives and strengthen communities through national service.”

As the federal agency for service and volunteering, CNCS annually engages millions of Americans in service at more than 50,000 locations through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other programs.  National service participants address the most pressing challenges facing our counties 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.

Across the nation, county officials and mayors are participating in a variety of activities, including visiting national service programs, hosting roundtables, issuing proclamations, and communicating about national service through social media.  By shining the spotlight on the impact of service and thanking those who serve, local officials hope to inspire more residents to get involved in their communities.

For more information including background and a list of participating county officials and mayors, visit NationalService.gov/RecognitionDay.

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The Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization serving older adults through fourteen programs in the NEGA area. ACCA is a resource for engagement, education, information, referral, counseling, and general assistance. For more information, visit accaging.org.

Athens Land Trust is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to conserve, empower and sustain communities through responsible and visionary land use.

The University of Georgia Office of Service-Learning supports academic service-learning and community engagement initiatives designed to enhance students’ civic and academic learning, promote engaged research that is responsive to community needs, and contribute to the public good through mutually beneficial community-university partnerships. It reports jointly to UGA’s Vice President for Public Service and Outreach and Vice President for Instruction.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

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