GARY | Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson joined more than 800 mayors across the country for Tuesday's Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, a nationwide bipartisan effort to highlight the impact of national service in tackling city problems.
“In the face of budget cuts, volunteerism and community service are ways that we fill major voids within our city,” Freeman-Wilson said. “AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps participants have a positive and lasting impact, making our cities better places to live."
More than 60 volunteers attended the ceremony at Gary City Hall. They came from a variety of nonprofit organizations, including Lake Area United Way, RSVP, Catholic Charities, Sojourner Truth House, The Arc Northwest Indiana, Northwest Indiana Adult Guardianship Services and One Accord Global Ministry.
The Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service was conceived of by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, as a way to recognize the positive impact of national service in cities, to thank those who serve and to encourage residents to give back to their communities.
The day is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the National League of Cities and Cities of Service.