Mayor Redd Joins Nationwide Effort to Recognize Impact of National Service

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

 [Camden, NJ]– Mayor Redd joined 2600 mayors from across the nation for the third annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, a nationwide bipartisan effort to highlight the impact of national service in tackling city problems and pay tribute to the passionate, dedicated men and women serving in AmeriCorps and Senior Corps.

“National service is a vital resource for our city,” said Mayor Redd. “AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers make our cities better places to live. As Mayor, I am grateful for the dedication and sacrifice of these citizens, who are helping make our great city stronger, safer, and healthier.”

Mayor Redd served alongside national service members at the Camden Clean kick-off at Whitman Park. The Mayor thanked the national service members to their year-long commitment to addressing and meeting local needs in Camden City.

Given the many social needs facing communities – and the fiscal constraints facing government at all levels - mayors are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to meet city needs.  More than 200 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers serve in Camden City, providing vital support in addressing the most pressing challenges facing Camden City. Focus areas include strengthening education through mentoring and tutoring, addressing critical needs in public safety and health, improving kindergarten readiness, building capacity to fight poverty, environmental stewardship and conservation. 

The Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service is a nationwide bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of national service in cities, to thank those who serve, and to encourage citizens to give back to their communities. The day is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National League of Cities, and Cities of Service.

“I am proud to be working with Mayor Redd as we continue to strengthen communities through national service,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Mayors are leaders who get things done. They know first-hand the value of national service in tackling city problems. I commend Mayor Redd for working with us to improve lives and strengthen communities through national service.”

As the federal agency for service and volunteering, CNCS annually engages more than five million citizens in service at more than 60,000 locations in 8,500 cities across the country through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other programs. National service participants address the most pressing challenges facing our cities and nation, from educating students for the jobs of the 21st century and supporting veterans and military families to preserving the environment and helping communities recover from natural disasters.
 

Across the country, 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. By shining the spotlight on the impact of service and thanking those who serve, mayors hope to inspire more residents to get involved in their communities.

“National service shows the best of the American spirit – people turning toward problems instead of away, working together to find community solutions,” said Mayor Redd.  “Today, as we thank national service members for their commitment, let us all pledge to do our part to continue to strengthen our Camden City through service and volunteering.”

For more information on the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, including background and a list of participating mayors, visit www.nationalservice.gov/mayorsforservice.