Tuesday, April 9, 2013

NC Mayors recognize importance of National Service

On April 9, fourteen North Carolina mayors affirmed the value of AmeriCorps in their cities by taking part in the first-ever Mayor's Day of Recognition for National Service. Led by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Corporation for National and Community Service, the day of recognition is a chance to highlight the solution-oriented contributions national service members make every day.

The fourteen North Carolina mayors join over 800 mayors from across the country. NC Campus Compact VISTAs are supporting projects in several of these North Carolina cities, and we would like to thank these mayors for recognizing the value of national service:

Mayor Terry Bellamy, Asheville
Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, Chapel Hill
Mayor Anthony Foxx, Charlotte
Mayor William "Bill" V. Bell, Durham
Mayor Alfonzo King, Goldsboro
Mayor Michael R. Brown, Grand Forks
Mayor Benita Sims, High Point
Mayor BJ Murphy, Kinston
Mayor Joseph Gibbons, City of Lenoir
Mayor Ray Pennington, Lumberton
Mayor Miles Atkins, Mooresville
Mayor Nancy McFarlane, Raleigh
Mayor Bill Saffo, Wilmington        
Mayor Allen Joines, Winston-Salem

Several NC Campus Compact VISTAs are participating in events, including those in Charlotte and Raleigh. VISTAs Pam Pate and Christina D'Aulerio, of UNC-C and Queens University of Charllote respectively, joined fellow AmeriCorps members and representatives from nonprofits across the city at city hall to be recognized by Mayor Anthony Foxx. Jennifer Evans, Wake Tech Community College VISTA, was part of a group recognized for their service by Mayor Nancy McFarlane of Raleigh, featured in the photo. 

 NC Campus Compact is proud of the role our VISTA members play in mobilizing college student volunteers, creating partnerships with local non-profits, and improving life for citizens in these and all the communities our projects serve.

Thank you, Mayors and thank you, VISTAs!