Virginia local leaders and elected officials honored and celebrated National Service Recognition Day, April 3, at events around the state. A record 54 Virginia city and county leaders signed on this year to show their support for National Service on the Corporation for National and Community Service's (CNCS) official website.
In Richmond, Mayor Levar Stoney and Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas welcomed the CEO of CNCS Barbara Stewart at an event of nearly 100 AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, and Senior Corps members and volunteers. "I want to thank you for doing all you can to make Richmond a better place each and every day," said Mayor Stoney. Barbara Stewart applauded Virginia's National Service members and encouraged them to continue their important service efforts which is making a real impact on communities. Ms. Stewart and nearly 100 National Service members then went onto serve at various service projects in the area, including landscaping and building projects at Manchester Family YMCA and the Friends Association for Children, as well as leading youth at field day activities at the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Richmond. (Check out this video from Richmond's NBC12 at http://www.nbc12.com/clip/14246235/national-service-recognition-day?autostart=true.
In Roanoke and Fredericksburg, AmeriCorps members with Rapphannock Goodwill - Goodskills Literacy Corps gathered to celebrate National Service Recognition Day followed by service projects around the region. Rappahannock Goodwill, headquartered in Fredericksburg, recently expanded the scope of their program to include Winchester and Roanoke. Fredericksburg Mayor Mary Greenlaw, Roanoke Mayor Lea Sherman and several other council members and commissioners signed on to show their support for National Service on the CNCS site.
The Danville region hosted several National Service Recognition Day events over the past week. Tree planting ceremonies were held in Danville, Pittsylvania County and Martinsville attended by their local mayors and leaders who also read their formal proclamations. The city councils in Danville and Martinsville presented formal signed proclamations. AmeriCorps members with the Institute for Advance Learning and Research - Dan River Year AmeriCorps also participated in a Day to Engage service project where they helped “beautify” a local playground for pre-k students.
In Southwest Virginia, AmeriCorps members with Carroll County Public Schools - Lift Up! AmeriCorps invited Carroll County Board of Supervisors at eight local schools in the region. Carroll County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Martin and Floyd Mayor William Griffin have both signed on to support National Service with CNCS.
In Northern Virginia, CASA Edu-Futuro and Aspire! Afterschool Learning AmeriCorps members partnered together to perform a Kindness Rocks Project at Culpepper Gardens in Arlington. Arlington City Manager Mark Schwartz signed on to the CNCS website to show his support for National Service in his region and across the state.
To see photos from this year's National Service Recognition Day events, visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/139323496@N05/albums/72157694519099494.