Mayor Frank G. Jackson has declared today, April 1, 2014, as a Day of Recognition for National Service in the City of Cleveland.
Service and volunteerism for others is a hallmark of the American character, and helps meet the crucial needs of the community while instilling a sense of civic pride in volunteers. Service organizations such as AmeriCorps and Senior Corps make a huge impact in the lives of Clevelanders every day.
These organizations represent a unique public-private partnership that invests in community solutions and leverages non-federal resources to strengthen the community and save taxpayers money. National Service organizations expand economic opportunity by creating more sustainable, resilient communities and providing education, career skills, and leadership abilities for those who serve. It also engages citizens, improves lives, and strengthens communities.
Participants serve in more than 70,000 locations across the country and help to bolster and improve civic, neighborhood, and faith-based organizations vital to a community’s economic and social well-being.
In addition to directly impacting the community they serve, National Service participants manage and recruit millions of volunteers each year to assist in every area of a community from natural disasters to support of veterans and military families and educating students for the jobs of the 21st century.
To honor the important contributions of these volunteers and recognize their hard work and time commitment to the City of Cleveland, Mayor Jackson designated April 1, 2014, as National Service Recognition Day. The City of Cleveland encourages all residents to recognize the positive impact of national service, thank those who serve and find ways to give back to their communities.