Mayor Chris Beutler will join more than 2,800 city and county leaders across the country April 5 to recognize the impact of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps on local challenges. A proclamation from the Mayor will be read at the Mayor and County Day of Recognition for National Service from 3 to 4 p.m. at Tower Square, 13th and "P" streets.
The effort is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities and Cities of Service. The program will include music from the Lincoln High Pep Band and remarks from County Commission Chair Roma Amundson; City Ombudsman Lin Quenzer, a former AmeriCorpsVISTA member; Kimberle Hall, CNCS State Program Officer; Audrey Jackson, ServeNebraska Program Officer; Terry Genrich, City Parks and Recreation Department Assistant Director; and Randy Jones, Aging Partners Director.
More than 104 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members currently serve in Lancaster County and the City of Lincoln. "Our community receives more than $2.4 million in grants and matching funds through these important national service programs," said Mayor Beutler. "AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members are helping us to meet real community needs in a cost effective way while improving the quality of life for many of our residents. We hope this recognition will inspire more residents to get involved in our communities."
CNCS (NationalService.gov) is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund and other programs. CNCS programs in the community include the following:
"I am proud to be working with Lancaster County and the City of Lincoln, Nebraska as we continue to strengthen communities through national service," said Wendy Spencer, CNCS CEO. "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 Lincoln City Mayor Chris Beutler for working with us to improve lives and strengthen communities through national service."
For more information about the recognition event, visit NationalService.gov/RecognitionDay.