Service to others is a hallmark of the American character, and central to how we meet our challenges. Given the many social needs facing our communities – and the fiscal constraints facing government at all levels - mayors are increasingly turning to national service and volunteerism to help meet local needs.
That’s why United Way is pleased to partner with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in the first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. CNCS is the federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other programs that engage more than five million citizens in service each year.
Today, mayors are participating in a variety of activities, including visiting national service programs, hosting roundtables at city hall, issuing proclamations, and communicating about national service through social media. Throughout the country, mayors will recognize the impact of national service in their cities and thank those AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members who serve.
United Way is proud to join in this nationwide salute that will highlight the importance of citizen engagement, recognize the dedication of national service members, and inspire more residents to get involved in their communities.
- Upload a badge as your Facebook or Twitter photo to show your support for national service. Badges and graphics are available at http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/initiatives/resources.asp
- Recognize national service on social media. Use hashtags #liveunited and #Mayors4service. Check out the social media guide for sample tweets and Facebook messages.
- Go to Serve.gov to find a national service volunteer opportunity that matches your skills and interests.