Montana Joins Nationwide Effort to Support National Service on Mayor, County, and Tribal Day of Recognition

HELENA, MT- Today marks the annual Mayor, County, and Tribal Day of Recognition for National Service. Montana is participating in the nationwide bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of National Service. Over 70 elected officials in Montana, including three officials representing Montana’s Tribal Nations, are registered to support this effort.

Across the nation, county officials and mayors are participating in a variety of activities, including visiting National Service programs, hosting roundtables, issuing proclamations, and communicating about National Service through social media. The day is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, and Cities of Service.

For more information including background and a list of participating county officials and mayors, visit NationalService.gov/RecognitionDay.

“I am proud to be working with local leaders to strengthen Montanan communities through National Service,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps and Senior Corps and leads Mayor, County, and Tribal Recognition Day.  “County officials and mayors are leaders who get things done. They know first-hand the value of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps in tackling local problems. I commend all the Montana mayors, county officials, and tribal leaders for their participation in this day and thank them for their ongoing support of the AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers working to ‘get things done’ for Montana.”

By shining the spotlight on the impact of service and thanking those who serve, local officials hope to inspire more residents to get involved in their communities. Mayor, County, and Tribal Day of Recognition serves as an opportunity for the community to thank AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other National Service members for their commitment and impact.

Given the many social needs facing communities, county, city, and tribal leaders are increasingly turning to National Service as a cost-effective strategy to meet local needs.  More than 5,900 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers serve at more than 860 locations throughout the state.

As the federal agency for service and volunteering, CNCS annually engages millions of Americans in service at more than 50,000 locations through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other programs.  National Service participants address the most pressing challenges facing our counties and nation, from educating students for the jobs of the 21st century and supporting veterans and military families to preserving the environment and helping communities recover from natural disasters.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes National Service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness. Visit serve.mt.gov.

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