Mayors recognize National Service Day
The Mayors Day of Recognition of National Service, which annually recognizes and highlights the work of national service members in local communities, is approaching next month.
At 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, Prescott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall and Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog are scheduled to show support for national service by reading the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service proclamation. The proclamation reading will kick off a service project organized by Arizona Serve at Prescott College to support the Prescott YMCA Community Gardens.
Last year, 1,760 mayors representing more than 110 million citizens participated in the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. The initiative is being led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the National League of Cities, and Cities of Service.
More than 70 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps volunteers serve in Yavapai County. The volunteers provide "vital support by supporting youth in education, serving veterans in need, fighting poverty, and protecting our environment," Kuykendall said.
Many of these national service members will volunteer on Mayors Day at the Prescott YMCA Community Garden to promote hunger alleviation, according to a news release from the VISTA program. National service members will join together to turn soil, repair damaged garden plots, and prepare land for harvesting crops that will be distributed to local food banks.
"Our national service members do amazing work in the community, dedicating their time and skills to serve those in need and make our community stronger," said AmeriCorps VISTA Leader Lloyd Weathers, who serves with Arizona Serve at Prescott College. "I am proud to be a national service member and to have the support of our local mayors in this effort."
Arizona Serve currently supports nine AmeriCorps VISTA members in Yavapai County who each serve full-time for one year on a specific poverty-relief project with a local organization.
As the federal agency for service and volunteering, the Corporation for National and Community Service annually engages more than four million citizens in service at 60,000 sites across the country in over 8,500 cities, stated the news release. In 2014, CNCS leveraged $1.1 billion in federal and private money to support organizations that work toward results where the need is greatest.