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File #: 16-0481    Version: 1 Name: 4/4/16 Proclamation National Service recognition Day
Type: Proclamation Status: Filed
File created: 4/4/2016 In control: City Council
On agenda: 4/4/2016 Final action: 4/4/2016
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Proclamation for April 4th, 2016: National Service Recognition Day
Sponsors: Christopher Taylor
Proclamation for April 4th, 2016: National Service Recognition Day
National Service Recognition Day
April 4, 2016

WHEREAS, service to others is a hallmark of the American character, and central to how we meet our challenges; and

WHEREAS, the nation's mayors are increasingly turning to national service and volunteerism as a cost-effective strategy to meet city needs; and

WHEREAS, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps participants address the most pressing challenges facing our cities and counties, from educating students for the jobs of the 21st century and supporting veterans and military families to providing support for healthy futures, especially for seniors, and maintaining good stewardship of our environments; and

WHEREAS, national service expands economic opportunity by creating more sustainable, resilient communities and providing education, career skills, and leadership abilities for those who serve; and

WHEREAS, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps participants serve in more than 60,000 locations across the country, bolstering the civic, neighborhood, and faith-based organizations that are so vital to our economic and social well-being; and

WHEREAS, 140 Senior Corps participants serve at 23 nonprofits in Ann Arbor through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP); 20 serve at 9 sites through the Foster Grandparents Program (FGP), and 8 AmeriCorps VISTA members serve youth through Community Action Network (CAN); and

WHEREAS, national service participants increase the impact of the organizations they serve with, both through their direct service and by recruiting and managing millions of additional volunteers; and

WHEREAS, national service represents a unique public-private partnership that invests in community solutions and leverages non-federal resources to strengthen community impact and increase the return on taxpayer dollars; and

WHEREAS, national service participants demonstrate commitment, de...

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