On Tuesday night, Berea Mayor Steve Connelly signed a proclamation designating April 3, 2018 as National Service Recognition Day, acknowledging the valuable contributions of volunteers and professionals who uplift our communities through their service. The proclamation read as follows:
WHEREAS, service to others is a hallmark of the American character, and central to how we meet our challenges; and
WHEREAS, the United States and the state of Kentucky is increasingly turning to national service and volunteerism as a cost-effective strategy to meet their needs; and
WHEREAS, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps participants address the most pressing challenges facing our communities, from educating students for the jobs of the 21st century, to fighting the opioid epidemic, to responding to natural disasters, to supporting veterans and military families; and
WHEREAS, national service expands economic opportunity by creating more sustainable, resilient communities and providing education, career skills, and leadership abilities for those who serve; and across the country, bolstering the civic, neighborhood, and faith-based organizations that are so vital to our economic and social well-being; and
WHEREAS, national service participants increase the impact of the organizations they serve, both through their direct service and by managing millions of additional volunteers; and
WHEREAS, national service represents a unique public-private partnership that invests in community solutions and leverages non-federal resources to strengthen community impact and increase the return on taxpayer dollars; and
WHEREAS, national service participants demonstrate commitment, dedication, and patriotism by making an intensive commitment to service, a commitment that remains with them in their future endeavors; and
WHEREAS, the Corporation for National and Community Service shares a priority with local leaders nationwide to engage citizens, improve lives, and strengthen communities; and is joining with the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, Cities of Service, and local leaders across the country for National Service Recognition Day on April 3, 2018.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, Steven Connelly do hereby proclaim April 3, 2018 as National Service Recognition Day, and I encourage residents to recognize the positive impact of national service in our community, to thank those who serve, and to find ways to give back to their communities.