For the City Times
Interim Mayor Gary Wescott, along with more than 1,800 mayors across the country, participated in the third annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, a nationwide bipartisan effort to highlight the impact of national service in tackling city problems.
“National service is a vital resource for our city,” said Mayor Wescott. “AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members make our cities better places to live. As Mayor, I am grateful for the dedication and sacrifice of theses citizens, who are helping make our great city stronger, safer, and healthier.”
Recognized were AmeriCorps members who serve throughout Portage County in various programs, including the Farm to School program, Volunteer Wisconsin, Wisconsin Association for Runaway Services, Wisconsin HealthCorps, and Wisconsin Campus Connect.
To see the full list of AmeriCorps programs in Wisconsin and learn about the good work they do visit the Serve Wisconsin website at www.servewisconsin.wi.gov .
Caleb Klima, a Volunteer Wisconsin AmeriCorps member serving the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association, helped organize the event.
“It’s great to have the support of our mayor and local government,” Klima said. “We all serve because we see a need in our community and we want to be part of the solution. I’ve met some incredible, selfless, and dedicated individuals today. Too often our society focuses on all that’s wrong with the world, but then you met these National Service members and it makes you realize all that’s right and good. We’re all seeking to make the changes in the world we wish to see, it’s truly inspiring.”
The Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service is a nationwide bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of national service in cities, 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, and Cities of Service.
“I am proud to be working with Mayor Wescott as we continue to strengthen communities through national service,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “Mayors are leaders who get things done. They know first-hand the value of national service in tackling city problems. I commend Mayor Wescott for working with us to improve lives and strengthen communities through national service.”
As the federal agency for service and volunteering, CNCS annual engages more than five million citizens in service at more than 60,000 locations in 8,500 cities across the country through AmeriCorps, Senor Corps, and other programs.
National service participants address the most pressing challenges facing our 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.
“National service shows the best of the American spirit- people turning toward problems instead of away, working together to find community solutions,” Wescott said. “Today as we thank national service members for their commitment let us all pledge to do our part to strengthen our city through service and volunteering.”
For more information on the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, including background and a list of participating mayors, visit www.nationalservice.gov/mayorsforservice .