Monday, March 31, 2014

Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service

Location: Lyons, CO, USA
Mayor Gierlach signing the Proclamation for
Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service
I am pleased to join over 1,750 Mayors today in the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. Mayors across the country are giving a nationwide salute that highlights the importance of citizen engagement, recognizing the dedication of national service members, and inspiring more residents to get involved in their communities. This effort is led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the National League of Cities, Cities of Service, and Mesa, Arizona Mayor Scott Smith, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Volunteers with Senior Corps and AmeriCorps make contributions every day to local nonprofits and public agencies. They were never more visible than immediately following the September 2013 floods, when they pitched in to help with critical disaster recovery work, some of which continues to this day. Additionally, day-in and day-out National Service volunteers are often the unsung contributors who work tirelessly, giving their time, talent, and treasure to our communities.

from left: Nederland Mayor Joe Gierlach,
Longmont Mayor Dennis Coombs,
Lyons Mayor Julie Van Domelen,
Lafayette Mayor Christine Berg,
Boulder Mayor Matt Appelbaum
Today, I joined Lyons Mayor Julie Van Domelen, Boulder Mayor Matt AppelbaumLafayette Mayor Christine Berg, and Longmont Mayor Dennis Coombs signing the following proclamation:

WHEREAS, service to others is a hallmark of the American character, and central to how we meet our challenge: and
WHEREAS, AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers demonstrate commitment, dedication, and patriotism by making an intensive commitment to service, a commitment that remains with them in their future endeavors; and
WHEREAS, the Corporation of National and Community Service shares a priority with mayors nationwide to engage citizens, improve lives, and strengthen communities; and is joining with the National League of Cities, City of Service, and mayors across the country to recognize the impact of service on the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service on April 1, 2014.
WHEREAS, over 1,000 national service participants of all ages and backgrounds are currently serving in Boulder County, Colorado, providing vital support to city residents and improving the quality of life in our city; and
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I do hereby proclaim April 1, 2014, as National Service Recognition Day, and encourage residents to recognize the positive impact of national service in our city and county and thank those who serve, and find ways to give back to their communities.
Given the many social needs facing our community, and the fiscal constraints facing government at all levels, the Town of Nederland has often turned to national service as a cost-effective solution to meet those needs. Engaging citizens and nonprofit partners has not only been a smart strategy, but often the only alternative to address our challenges.

AmeriCorps volunteers assigned to Nederland
A key partner in our efforts is the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other programs that engage more than five million citizens in service each year. We see the results from the Boulder County CareConnect RSVP Program, volunteers at the Nederland Food Pantry, Nederland Area Seniors, transportation for low-income and elderly community members in the Peak to Peak region, Nederland Schools, and AmeriCorps helping to preserve our environment, our trails and forest health programs.

National service shows the best of the American spirit – people addressing local challenges, working together to find community solutions. As mayor, I am grateful for the dedication and sacrifice of these citizens, who are helping make our town stronger, safer, and healthier. Today, I had the privilege of thanking Boulder County CareConnect and national service members for their commitment. Let us all pledge to do our part to strengthen our town through service and volunteering.
[Related StoryNederland Food Pantry is a Life Saver – 5 Reasons to Donate]
If you would like to volunteer or have a passion for a specific aspect of our community, feel free to contact me, or anyone at Town Hall.

[Here is a Video ValedictionSupertramp recorded their first gold album, Even in the Quietest Moments... at Caribou Ranch Recording Studio near Nederland. Even the album cover is a photo of a grand piano that was hoisted to the top of Eldora Mountain Resort and covered in snow. This is Supertramp front-man, Roger Hodgson performing Give a Little Bit (from the same 1977 album) at 4:00am in KlaksvíkFaroe Islands, at the Summarfestivalurin on his tour through the Netherlands (2006). [What is a Video Valediction?]
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