Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges celebrated the service of Minneapolis and Saint Paul’s more than 1,300 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members today as part of a national day of recognition. More than 1,500 mayors from across the country took part in their own local recognitions.
“The selfless work of these AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members is irreplaceable,” Mayor Chris Coleman said. “Their countless contributions to our youth, families, neighborhoods and communities help build a stronger and more vibrant Saint Paul.”
“I have long believed that each of us can make the greatest impact in our own communities,” Mayor Betsy Hodges said. “Service members often provide the support and guidance people need as they strive for brighter futures. They are the foundation for strong cities where all people have a chance to thrive.”
Mayor Coleman visited two AmeriCorps sites today as part of the recognition. His first stop was at College Possible, where members are making college admission and success possible for low-income students across the Twin Cities. His Second stop was at Urban Boatbuilders, where an AmeriCorps VISTA member placed through Mayor Coleman’s office is supporting academic achievement, vocational skills and economic independence for youth most at-risk within our community.
Mayor Hodges and Mayor Coleman hosted a celebration for the Twin Cities’ members later that night at the Turf Club.
The mayors were joined by Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service in their day of recognition.
“I am proud to be working with Mayor Coleman and Mayor Hodges 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 firsthand the value of national service in tackling city problems. I commend Mayors Coleman and Hodges for working with us to improve lives and strengthen communities through national service and I am excited to spend the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service with them in Saint Paul and Minneapolis.”
Following through with their commitment to truly recognize the crucial work of these service members, Mayor Coleman and Mayor Hodges issued proclamations declaring April 1, 2014 to be “National Service Recognition Day” in their respective cities.