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April 3 is National Service Recognition Day

Every day in cities across America, national service workers tackle tough problems to help strengthen communities.

On April 3, National Service Recognition Day, Prescott Council Member Alexa Scholl, Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog, and Chino Valley Mayor Darryl Croft will support Arizona Serve, of Prescott College, to kick off a service project at the Prescott YMCA Community Garden, beginning at 9:30 a.m..

The event will recognize the work of national service members in Yavapai County, highlighting AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA and other national service projects and thanking national service members for their commitment and service to Yavapai County.

Last year, 4,520 mayors representing more than 194 million citizens participated in the fourth-annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service.

The initiative is being led by National League of Cities, National Association of Counties, Cities of Service and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

For the fourth year in a row, national service members (AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA) from Arizona Serve will enhance the community garden at the Prescott YMCA. The garden was created eight years ago with the goal of providing fresh produce for those in need in the community.

Local residents who manage the plots, commit to donating over 1,000 pounds of vegetables a year to organizations such as the Coalition for Compassion and Justice, Meals on Wheels, Prescott Community Cupboard and various church organizations which distribute food for those in need.

Activities will include mulching garden beds, repairing damaged plots and preparing the land for harvesting crops.

Throughout the state of Arizona, more than 3,900 people of all ages and backgrounds are helping to meet local needs, strengthen communities and increase civic engagement through national service.

Serving at more than 780 locations throughout the state, these citizens tutor and mentor children, support veterans and military families, provide health services, restore the environment, respond to disasters, increase economic opportunity and recruit and manage volunteers.

“Our national service members do amazing work in our community, dedicating their time and skills to serving those in need and making our home stronger. I am proud to be a national service member and to have the support of our local elected officials in this effort,” said AmeriCorps VISTA Leader Annie Reifsnyder, who serves with Arizona Serve at Prescott College.

Information provided by Arizona Serve.

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