For Immediate Release
April 09, 2013
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino hosted a roundtable discussion with the city’s community service leaders as part of the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. The day, which stretches across the country, allows city leaders to hear from some of Boston’s 3,000 service leaders who work tirelessly to improve quality of life for individuals and families through work with organizations like AmeriCorps and Senior Corps.
“I was humbled to hear from so many great people who have dedicated themselves to helping others,” Mayor Menino said. “They truly make our city a better place to live, work and visit, and I hope we can continue to promote and expand the idea of service throughout Boston and beyond.”
The Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service is an initiative led by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the National League of Cities. The day spotlights the impact of national service and thanks the 4 million service members serving at 70,000 sites across the country. Boston was one of many communities that hosted a service roundtable to support this national day of recognition and appreciation.
“Today was an important opportunity for the City, service members and organizations to gather. These leaders are doing incredible work that helps our city to thrive,” said Emily Shea, Boston’s Elderly Commissioner. “I look forward to seeing this collaborative effort continue so that we can achieve all our goals.”
The roundtable gave the Mayor, Commissioner Shea, and other city officials an opportunity to hear from service leaders in Boston that are part of the national service movement as well as at the local and state level. These service leaders either host or work to place AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members in organizations that are working to alleviate poverty in the community, providing mentoring opportunities to support our seniors or our youth, supporting our youth to succeed in school and any many more service opportunities to improve the quality of life for the residents of Boston to across the country. In addition, the Roundtable included current members of these programs sharing their experience and challenges and how national service has impacted their lives.