Leavitt among 1,750 U.S. Mayors to recognize impact of volunteers

Vancouver Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt was one of 1,750 mayors from all 50 states and the District of Columbia,  Guam and Puerto Rico celebrating the service of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps today on the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service.  These mayors represent more than 110 million citizens or one-third of all Americans. 

“Vancouver celebrates the spirit of volunteering and giving back in service to our communities,” Mayor Leavitt said. “Volunteers make a huge impact on Vancouver’s quality of life. We salute the citizens who are stepping up to help make Vancouver a better place, and those dedicated VISTA and AmeriCorps volunteers who support them, including our own AmeriCorps veteran, Chante Starr. We are honored to co-sponsor Mayors Day of Recognition,” Leavitt said.

Starr is the City’s new VetsWork AmeriCorps veteran who helps coordinate volunteers for City of Vancouver events. This is the first year the City has hosted a VetsWork AmeriCorps veteran from the Mount Adams Institute. The program places veterans into service opportunities to help build volunteering in communities across the country.

Last year, across the City of Vancouver, 5,200 volunteers gave more than 56,000 hours of service. This included planting 14,800 native plants and removing 257 yards of debris from public spaces, installing smokes alarms in local homes, working at special events, supporting parks and recreation, serving as neighborhood association leaders, being community eyes and ears of the Vancouver Police Department and many other projects. The City of Vancouver thanks all of its valued volunteers for helping build a stronger community.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which administers AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, leads the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service.  CNCS’ partners include, the National League of Cities, Cities of Service, and Mayor Scott Smith of Mesa, Ariz., president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

For more information about Vancouver’s volunteer programs, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/volunteer.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service and champions community solutions through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns, and villages representing more than 218 million Americans.  For more information, visit nlc.org.

Cities of Service is a bipartisan coalition of more than 170 mayors committed to addressing critical city needs through impact volunteering. By leveraging citizen service strategies, Cities of Service helps mayors address local needs and make government more effective. For more information, visit citiesofservice.org.