Office of Mayor William Peduto
Mayor Peduto Recognizes the Power of Impact Volunteering and AmeriCorps, Senior Corps Participants in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, PA (April 7, 2015) – Mayor William Peduto today recognizes the valuable service of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps volunteers in Pittsburgh as part of the third annual Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service. Along with Mayor Peduto, more than 2,000 mayors across the country are highlighting the impact of national service in tackling city problems.

The city has demonstrated support for impact volunteering in the past. Pittsburgh is a founding member of Cities of Service, the national coalition of cities whose mayors have committed to impact volunteering to engage residents as co-producers of solutions that make a difference on issues from blight to supporting youth and education.

“People who serve through AmeriCorps and Senior Corps carry on a long tradition in this city of helping our neighbors,” said Mayor Peduto. “They give back to their communities every day without expecting anything in return. Today I thank them for their service and dedication to Pittsburgh.”

As part of his recognition of national service, Mayor Peduto has issued a proclamation to AmeriCorps and Senior Corps participants declaring April 7, 2015 National Service Recognition Day. The proclamation highlights the nearly 600 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers that have served 360,000 hours in their communities last year.

Along with a proclamation, the Mayor’s Office has also released a report on the impact of AmeriCorps members in Pittsburgh, which can be found here. The report found that AmeriCorps members contributed more than $3 million dollars in economic benefit to the city and supported nearly 120 nonprofit organizations in 2014. Currently, six AmeriCorps VISTA members are also supporting initiatives within city government through servePGH and the Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment.

The Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service is a nationwide bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of national service in cities, 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, and Cities of Service.

“I am proud to be working with Mayor Peduto 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 first hand the value of national service in tackling city problems. I commend Mayor Peduto for working with us to improve lives and strengthen communities through national service.”  

As the federal agency for service and volunteering, CNCS annually engages more than five million citizens in service at more than 60,000 locations in 8,500 cities across the country through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other programs. National service participants address the most pressing challenges facing our cities 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. For more information on the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, including background and a list of participating mayors, visit www.nationalservice.gov/mayorsforservice.

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ABOUT CNCS

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

ABOUT AMERICORPS VISTA

The Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment and servePGH is supported in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA. AmeriCorps VISTA members commit to serve full-time for one year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses and strengthen community groups, with the ultimate goal to eliminate poverty in the United States. In Pennsylvania, there are currently more than 200 VISTAs serving on 30 projects.

ABOUT CITIES OF SERVICE

Cities of Service is a national nonprofit that supports mayors and city executives to design and implement high-impact volunteering initiatives that can apply to multiple issues from supporting youth and education to sustainability. It provides technical assistance, programmatic support, planning resources, and funding opportunities. Founded by Michael R. Bloomberg in 2009, Cities of Service is a nonpartisan coalition which currently supports more than 200 cities in the U.S. and UK whose mayors are committed to engaging citizen volunteers to solve local pressing challenges.  Visit citiesofservice.org to get involved, and follow @citiesofservice on Twitter.

ABOUT SERVEPGH

servePGH was launched in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh’s citizens in service and answer President Obama’s national call to volunteerism. Through innovative servePGH initiatives, citizens have been engaged in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize City blocks, restore homes of vulnerable residents, help middle-school youth navigate life’s challenges, and more. Over 8,700 volunteers have committed nearly 57,000 hours of service through servePGH to date. Additional information is available at pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh.

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