NEW ORLEANS, LA–Today, as part of the first Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service, Mayor Mitch Landrieu highlighted the positive impact of local AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members, and thanked all who have dedicated their time, energy and talent to serving others in the community.
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“The men and women who have heard the call to serve in New Orleans have made a profound and lasting impact on our city, especially since Hurricane Katrina,” Mayor Landrieu said. “I want to thank all the national service participants who have put in countless hours rebuilding our neighborhoods, teaching and mentoring our children, and supporting organizations serving our families.”
Mayor Landrieu was among more than 800 mayors across the country participating in the day of recognition, an initiative led by U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
Mayor Landrieu invited national service participants from a variety of organizations and programs to City Hall this afternoon to recognize their contributions. The Mayor also presented a proclamation declaring April 9th National Service Recognition Day to Pam Olson, state director of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
“I’d like to thank Mayor Landrieu for participating in National Service Recognition Day and for recognizing the impact of our members, who work tirelessly to serve the community,” Olson said.
As the federal agency for service and volunteering, CNCS annually engages more than four million citizens in service at more than 70,000 sites across the country through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other programs.
During today’s gathering, Mayor Landrieu also acknowledged the service of Joseph Massenburg, an 18-year-old AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) member who was slain in New Orleans on April 1, 2013. There are currently more than 1,500 AmeriCorps members serving in New Orleans.
In addition to CNCS, representatives and national service participants from the following organizations and programs met with Mayor Landrieu today: St. Bernard Project, Tulane Center for Public Service, Hands on New Orleans, New Orleans Council on Aging, Catholic Charities’ Foster Grandparents Program, Rebuilding Together New Orleans, Youth Rebuilding New Orleans and Teach For America.