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Maine State House of Representatives and Senate Sponsor Joint Resolution in Honor of National Service Recognition Day

April 3rd, 2018

Augusta, ME -- Members of Maine’s House and Representatives and Senate have joined more than 5,200 local leaders across the country in a nationwide bipartisan initiative to highlight the impact of national service in tackling local problems.

“Our country has a proud history, and in fact, was built on the values of public service that AmeriCorps and Senior Corps volunteers embody every day.” states Representative Jay McCreight, Maine House District 51. “I’m incredibly grateful for the dedication and sacrifice of these exceptional citizens who are helping to make Maine a stronger, safer and healthier state.”

Together, Maine’s House of Representatives and Senate declared April 3, 2018 as National Service Recognition Day recognizing the efforts of our AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs that are serving hundreds of thousands of hours in service to Maine’s communities.

    

Given the many challenges facing communities, county and city leaders are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to meet local needs. More than 2,200 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers serve the state of Maine, providing vital support tutoring and mentoring children, restoring the environment, supporting independently living seniors, recruiting and managing volunteers, and building the capacity for hundreds of nonprofits across the state.

In 2017, Senior Corps Foster Grandparent Program volunteers (sponsored by The Opportunity Alliance and Penquis Community Action Program), tutored 3,249 children in schools, Head Start and child development centers improving school readiness, reading, math and overall academic achievement. AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) members (under sponsorship of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England) recruited and managed over 10,000 volunteers.

National Service Recognition Day is a nationwide bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of national service, to thank those who serve, and to encourage more citizens to give back to their communities. This day is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, and Cities of Service.

As the federal agency for service and volunteering, CNCS annually engages millions of Americans in service at more than 50,000 locations through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other programs. National service participants address the most pressing challenges facing our counties and nation. From helping communities recover from natural disasters, fighting the opioid epidemic, restoring parks, strengthening public safety, to tutoring and mentoring disadvantaged students, national service members get things done.

“As a former executive director of a nonprofit that relied on AmeriCorps members, I know firsthand the valuable contributions these service members bring to our state and communities. As a former Peace Corps and AmeriCorps volunteer, I know how challenging and rewarding national service can be, and I commend all volunteers for sharing their time, energy and immeasurable talent with Maine people and communities,” said Senator Shenna Bellows, of Manchester.

Across the nation, local leaders are participating in a variety of activities, including visiting national service programs, hosting roundtable discussions, issuing proclamations, and communicating the impact of national service through social media. By shining the spotlight on the impact of service and thanking those who serve, local officials hope to inspire more residents to get involved in their communities.
For more information including background and a list of participating county officials and mayors, visit NationalService.gov/RecognitionDay.

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The Corporation for National and Community Service is the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. The agency engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation's volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.