Mayor Chris Beutler will join more than 4,000 city and county leaders across the U.S. Tuesday, April 4th to recognize the impact of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps on local challenges. A proclamation from the Mayor will be read at the Mayor and County Day of Recognition for National Service from 3 to 4 p.m. at Tower Square, 13th and “P” streets.
The effort is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, and Cities of Service. The program will include music from the Lincoln High Pep Band and remarks from Todd Wiltgen, Chair, Lancaster County Board of Commissioners; Constance Woods-Brown, former AmeriCorps member; Toni Rupe, Program Officer, CNCS, Nebraska State Office; Cathy Plager, Director, ServeNebraska; Lynn Johnson, Director, City Parks and Recreation Department; and Randall Jones, Director, Aging Partners.
More than 304 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members currently serve in the City of Lincoln and Lancaster County. “Our City and County receive more than $2.2 million in grants and matching funds through these important national service programs,” said Mayor Beutler. “AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members are helping us to meet real community needs in a cost effective way while improving the quality of life for many of our residents. We hope this recognition will inspire more residents to get involved in our communities.”
CNCS (NationalService.gov) is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund and other programs. CNCS programs in the community include the following:
- The Youth on the Move program of the City Parks and Recreation Department provides academic, social and other support for students at risk of dropping out of school.
- Community CROPS provides a community gardening initiative.
- The Nebraska State Probation Office provides its Rural Improvement for Schooling and Employment project.
- The Foster Grandparent program of Aging Partners provides hundreds of hours of support to low-income children in Lincoln Public Schools.
For more information about the recognition event, visit NationalService.gov/RecognitionDay.