Mayors Day Event with Wendy Spencer

Mayors Day Celebrated in St. Paul with Wendy Spencer

Mayors Day 2014 in the Twin Cities was celebrated with a special guest, CNCS CEO Wendy Spencer. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman extended the invitation to Ms. Spencer to highlight the impact of National Service volunteers in metro communities. The event was also attended by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges who joined Mayor Coleman in hosting the celebration.

“The selfless work of these AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members is irreplaceable,” Mayor Chris Coleman said. “Their countless contributions to our youth, families, neighborhoods and communities help build a stronger and more vibrant Saint Paul.”

“I have long believed that each of us can make the greatest impact in our own communities,” Mayor Betsy Hodges said. “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.”

Volunteers of America of Minnesota’s RSVP and Lutheran Social Services’ Foster Grandparents brought over 50 Senior Corps volunteers and staff to the lively event which included live music and food. Volunteers enjoyed telling stories of the impact of their volunteer service to Mayor Coleman, Mayor Hodges, and Wendy Spencer, who gratefully acknowledged volunteers’ commitment to community.

“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.”

Mayor Coleman and Mayor Hodges continued to recognize CNCS volunteers and issued proclamations declaring April 1, 2014 to be “National Service Recognition Day” in their respective cities.

-Rachel Laurie