Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service

By Julia McPherson on July 10, 2014 in AmeriCorps

Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service
We are a little late to post but we will post nonetheless.  Mayor’s Day of Service was a blast and we don’t want to pass on talking about it! 
Mirroring the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS) mission, Mayor’s Day of Recognition focuses on engaging community members and local citizens to strengthen the communities to which they serve and foster civic engagment.  This coordinated day, with over 1750 mayors participating nationally, highlights the impact and importance of community service, demonstrates appreciation for those currently serving and hopefully inspires residents to give back to their communities as well. 
Team Indianapolis was thrilled to participate in Mayor Ballard’s coordinated day of service and appreciation alongside Wendy Spencer, the CEO of CNCS.  The team worked dilligently alongside 150 AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps members, representing over 15 different programs, to prepare back sacks for neighborhood children to take home for the weekend.  These sacks provide supplemental nutrition to children in need through healthy and filling non-perishable food items.  Pairing with NCCC and public allies, our assembly line alone was able to prepare over 1200 sacks!
The previous day, members of each AmeriCorps program were invited to a small round table discussion with Wendy Spencer where we were able to learn of our respective programs.  It was an awesome experience to learn of how far reaching the AmeriCorps network is and how different our programs are! Through a bit of networking, Team Indy is very excited to support the Indianapolis Public Allies program through their LGTQ+ film series and discussions.
  IMG_5642 10150618_10153938824060123_1802464406_n Mayor Ballard and Team Indy

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