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Preston Joins Nationwide Effort to Recognize Impact of National Service

Binghamton, NY – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston joined dozens of county officials and mayors across the country in a nationwide bipartisan initiative to highlight the impact of national service in tackling local problems.

“National service is a vital resource for Broome County,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  “AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers make our County a better place to live.  As County Executive, I am grateful for the dedication and sacrifice of these citizens, who are helping make our great county stronger, safer, and healthier.”

Among the groups recognized by Preston include the Rural Health Network, the United Way of Broome County, Habitat for Humanity, the Broome County Office for Aging Foster Grandparent Program, Catholic Charities of Broome County RSVP program, and the Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Senior Companion Program.

Given the many social needs facing communities, county and city leaders are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to meet local needs.  More than 630 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers serve in more than 65 locations in Broome County.

The Mayor and County Day of Recognition for National Service is a nationwide bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of national service in counties, to thank those who serve, and to encourage citizens to give back to their communities.   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.

“I am proud to be working with County Executive Preston as we continue to strengthen communities through national service,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.  “County officials and mayors are leaders who get things done.  They know first-hand the value of national service in tackling local problems.  I commend Executive Preston for working with us to improve lives and strengthen communities through national service.”

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.

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.  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. 

“National service shows the best of the American spirit – people turning toward problems instead of away, working together to find community solutions,” said Preston.   “Today, as we thank national service members for their commitment, let us all pledge to do our part to strengthen our county through service and volunteering.”

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

 

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04/05/2016 - 2:38pm