The public is invited to a celebration for the third annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 at Civic Plaza, 13th and "P" streets. A proclamation from Mayor Chris Beutler will be read at the event, which is part of a nationwide bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of national services, to thank those who serve, and to encourage citizens to give back to their communities. More than 1,900 mayors across the country and 35 mayors and county commissions in Nebraska have joined the recognition.
"Lincoln has six National Service projects with 103 participants working to better our community," Beutler said. "Our dedicated AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers help us meet community needs in a very cost-effective way. I am grateful for their sacrifice and hard work to improve lives and make our city even stronger."
The celebration will also include Nebraska Poet Laureate Twyla Hansen reading a poem and presenting signed copies as gift to current and former National Service. The Lincoln High School Wind Ensemble will perform under the direction of Chris Watson, and speakers will include Lynn Johnson, City Parks and Recreation Director; June Pederson, Aging Partners Director; Julie Nash, Director of the State Office of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS); and Cathy Plager, ServeNebraska Director.
About 20 AmeriCorps member are involved in serving more than 200 children through the City-sponsored Youth on the Move project, which uses the 40 Development Assets Framework to provide academic support, mentoring and service learning opportunities. Project sites include recreation centers, Community Learning Centers, nonprofit agencies and schools.
Aging Partners, a division of the City of Lincoln, sponsors the community's Foster Grandparent program. Currently, 28 older adult volunteers (age 55 and older) serve 150 children and youth with special needs in our schools. They help children learn how to read, provide one-on-one tutoring, mentor teens, care for premature infants or children with disabilities and help children who have been abused or neglected.
The Mayors Day of Recognition is sponsored by the CNCS, the National League of Cities, Cities of Service and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. As the federal agency for service and volunteering, CNCS annually engages more than five million citizens in service in 8,500 U.S. cities through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and other programs. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov/mayorsforservice.