Colorado Springs AmeriCorps VISTAs to be honored Tuesday

Mayor Suthers joins nationwide effort to recognize impact of national service

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – In honor of National Service Recognition Day, Mayor John Suthers will lead a recognition ceremony for Colorado Springs AmeriCorps VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America) Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in the Meadows Park Community Center. Thousands of local leaders across the country are expected to participate in this sixth-annual nationwide initiative that highlights the impact of national service.

“The VISTAs have improved the quality of life in Colorado Springs by advancing programming that makes our community stronger, safer, and healthier,” said Suthers. “It’s an honor to recognize the positive impact these individuals have made on our community, and on behalf of Colorado Springs residents, I’m proud to thank them for their service."

More than 17 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers serve in Colorado Springs by advancing programming in the local community; developing partnerships to better serve citizens; securing funding to improve health and wellness initiatives; and developing intergenerational bonds to bring together youth and older adults.

Additionally, the City of Colorado Springs was awarded 14 AmeriCorps Summer Associates who will assist with youth summer feeding programs, advancing STEM-based programming and preventing youth learning loss over the summer.

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.

Media are welcome and encouraged to attend. To cover the event, call Vanessa Zink at vzink.

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