Recognize!

On Tuesday, April 9, five representatives from Volunteer Maryland joined members of 18 other Baltimore area AmeriCorps programs to participate in a special event designed to celebrate service.

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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake welcomed hundreds of AmeriCorps members and staff to the Baltimore War Memorial, where she recognized each program for its unique accomplishments.  The event ended with Mayor Rawlings-Blake and several volunteers reading the proclamation that officially made April 9 the Mayors Day of Recognition of National Service.

Those of us from Volunteer Maryland were happy to be acknowledged for the work we do through the multiplier model, leveraging community resources to get thousands of people engaged in service throughout the State each year.

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Headed up by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, this event took place at City Halls across the nation. It was also made possible by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Cities of Service, the National League of Cities and several other organizations.

It was especially amazing to see the diversity of programs and members in the room.  There were several particularly enthusiastic groups, such as Playworks, Civic Works, and Public Allies, whose membership was quite young.  On the other hand, the most energetic groups were Experience Corps and Senior Corps, whose members are primarily retirement age.  Whether serving children, the elderly, the hungry, the homeless or all of the above, the people in the room exuded a palpable love of service.

Oh, and we got an update on the Mayors’ Super Bowl bet.  San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee will be in Baltimore on April 26 to complete a service project that will include many of the people who were at the War Memorial yesterday.  I’ll keep you posted!

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