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How You Can Help Your Community This National Service Recognition Day

The sixth annual National Service Recognition Day will be on April 3, 2018, when thousands of local leaders nationwide will honor and thank AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers for their commitment and the impact they have made in their communities. This initiative is jointly led by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, and Cities of Service.

More than 4,520 elected officials – representing 194 million Americans – participated in last year’s National Service Recognition Day.

Wondering how you can get involved?

  • Encourage your State Senators and Representatives, Mayors, County Judges and Commissioners and School Superintendents and School Board members to sign up online and pledge their support!
  • Use hashtag #NationalServiceWorks on social media to showcase the impact of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps in your community.
  • Check out these National Service Recognition Day 2018 resources:  Fact Sheet, Downloadable Logos and a Communications Toolkit, which includes a Social Media Guide, Sample Media Advisory, Sample Press Release, Sample Op-Ed and a Sample Proclamation.

Additionally, you can shine a light on the role that national service members play in your community by connecting local elected officials to volunteers for in-person interaction. In California, City of Irvine Community Services Manager, Darin Loughrey, along with other city officials, will tour Orange County United Way’s OC Free Tax Prep program at Cypress Community Park. Among the many things for them to see and discuss during their visit is the commitment and generosity of skilled volunteers helping low-income families keep more of their hard-earned money.

Hartford Connecticut Mayor Luke Bronin will recognize United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut AmeriCorps VISTA Member Jasmine Carvalho and other national service members during a ceremony at the Mayor’s Function Room at Hartford City Hall that highlights the positive impact national service is making in Hartford.

This year, on April 3rd, Spokane County United Way volunteers will join forces in downtown Spokane at the Hope House, which offers emergency shelter for homeless women as well as permanent housing for those ready to come off the streets. Volunteers will remodel bathrooms, install shelves, paint apartments, organize clothes in the onsite clothing bank and build two dressing rooms for shelter residents. Their effort will impact the lives of the nearly 300 women who stay at Hope House annually during their time of crisis.

Whether you hold recognition events, issue an official proclamation, serve, or take to social media in a show of appreciation – April 3, 2018 is your Day to show that #NationalServiceWorks!