Mayors Hodges, Coleman recognize the Twin Cities’ 1,300+ AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members
 
Mayors celebrate AmeriCorps and Senior Corps service as part of the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service
 
MINNEAPOLIS – Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman celebrated the service of Minneapolis and Saint Paul’s more than 1,300 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members today as part of a national day of recognition. More than 1,500 mayors from across the country took part in their own local recognitions.
 
“I have long believed that each of us can make the greatest impact in our own communities,” said Mayor Betsy Hodges. “Service members often provide the support and guidance people need as they strive for brighter futures. They are the foundation for strong cities where all people have a chance to thrive.”
 
“The selfless work of these AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members is irreplaceable,” said Mayor Chris Coleman. “Their countless contributions to our youth, families, neighborhoods and communities help build a stronger and more vibrant Saint Paul.”
 
Mayor Hodges and Mayor Coleman will host a celebration for the Twin Cities’ members tonight at the Turf Club, where Mayor Hodges will recognize the work of members at sites like EMERGE in North Minneapolis and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. She shared the story of four young women who work in the “paint and repair” program at Habitat for Humanity.
 
“This year alone, these young women will help 130 seniors, single moms, Veterans and individuals living with disabilities make repairs so that they can maintain their affordable homes. What an incredible accomplishment,” said Mayor Hodges.
 
The mayors are joined by Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service in their day of recognition.
 
“I am proud to be working with Mayor Coleman and Mayor Hodges as we continue to strengthen communities through national service,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.  “Mayors are leaders who get things done.  They know firsthand the value of national service in tackling city problems.  I commend Mayors Coleman and Hodges for working with us to improve lives and strengthen communities through national service and I am excited to spend the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service with them in Saint Paul and Minneapolis.”
 
Following through with their commitment to truly recognize the crucial work of these service members, Mayor Coleman and Mayor Hodges issued proclamations declaring April 1, 2014 to be “National Service Recognition Day” in their respective cities.
 
 
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Published Apr 1, 2014