Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service


 Franklin, NH Mayor Ken Merrifield

Foster Grandparent Program & RSVP Volunteers

Friends Program Staff Christine Racine, Hannah Ashton and Donna Fanny!


*On April 9, 2013, the first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service
united mayors across the country to spotlight the impact of
national service and honor those who serve.


Subject: AmeriCorps Week Highlighted!

Hello all,

Each month our office submits significant “highlights” to CNCS as a way of sharing stories and accomplishments of our programs and members. These submissions are then narrowed down to the top few for each region of the country and compiled for CEO Wendy Spencer and other senior management to use when speaking with VIPs, elected officials, etc. For us at the State Office, this is a big deal for us to make this monthly report!

I am very proud to say that NH AmeriCorps Week activities were one of the few that made the March report!! Not only that, but NH was the ONLY AmeriCorps Week submission that made it to the final report!!

This is a wonderful testament to the hard work and dedication put in by the planning committee. I am so proud of the top-notch programs we have in our great state.  Congrats to you all!

(Please note: my original submission was an entire page long with links, photos, and other accomplishments. The final product was narrowed down to fit into the character limit.)

Libby Hite
State Program Specialist
Corporation for National and Community Service


Subject: RE: AmeriCorps Week Highlighted!

Dear National Service Partners,

I too want to make sure that everyone knows how much the Corporation for National and Community Service appreciates the tremendous work you’ve all done to promote service and educate our community leaders.  Thanks to all of you, not only did you put us on the map for AmeriCorps Week, but our wonderful photos of the Mayor’s Day events are also linked to the CNCS Facebook page that was in their press releases, etc.  You make our State Office proud!  Our work is not done, and outreach to mayors with whom we did not meet, needs to continue.   I also want to salute Campus Compact and the ME Commission for their work with Lewiston Mayor Robert McDonald.  The mayor had agreed to sign on early without really studying who are and then backed out, saying he only wanted to support unpaid  volunteers.  But after a meeting with Maryalice Crofton, the Maine Commission ED, and Craig DeForest from Campus Compact, the mayor has agreed to sign a proclamation at the City Council meeting next week and post it on the city website!

That’s the work before us with our Congressional delegations, etc.  But when people really understand the power of our work and the bang for the buck, we can turn them into our supporters.   I am blessed with a fabulous State Office staff, but none of us could do it without all of you.  I have to say the Mayor’s Day was one of the most exciting days I’ve seen with so many photos, tweets, events and proclamations from programs all across the country!  I really feel that CNCS and it’s leadership is on a roll and now we in the field just have to keep the energy and enthusiasm going!

Thank you again for being such a wonderful national service family!  I am truly honored to work with such great people.

Shireen Tilley
Corporation for National and Community Service


This message went to Mayors who participated in recognition day.

Dear Mayors,

Wow, what a day! More than 830 mayors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico took time on Tuesday to recognize the work that AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers are doing to make your cities better and stronger as part of the first ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. Together, you represent nearly 100 million citizens, or nearly one-third of Americans.

We have posted a selection of photos of events from around the country to our Facebook page. Feel free to tag yourself and your city, and pass it on. We want to share your stories too, so please send them to us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I have two big takeaways from this day:

  • We can do so much more together. Wherever mayor’s offices (and their Chief Service Officers) are directly engaged with national service programs our collective ability to have a meaningful impact in the lives of individuals and communities is much stronger.
  • National service unites. AmeriCorps and Senior Corps bring together people of all ages and walks of life. National service breaks down barriers and solves local problems with local resources.

Tuesday’s events only reinforced how national service improves lives.

It’s about individuals like Chris Guzman in Austin, Texas and how his Senior Corps Foster Grandparents -- Grandma Piper and Grandma Chavez -- helped him transform from a troubled youth to an AmeriCorps member and future firefighter. It’s about individuals like Alexander Peay, winner of the City of Philadelphia Mayor’s Award for Outstanding National Service Alumni, who used his AmeriCorps experience as a springboard to launch a non-profit dedicated to empowering underprivileged young men to become highly qualified for highly competitive jobs.

On Tuesday, stories like these were told in cities across the country, from Fairbanks, Alaska and Mesa, Arizona to Little Rock, Arkansas and St. Paul, Minnesota.  From a service fair in Albuquerque, New Mexico to a national service roundtable in Flint, Michigan, mayors all heard a common message: National Service works in your city and in our country.

There is more to come. I want to continue this conversation about how we can work together to use national service as a tool to improve our cities. As part of this ongoing dialogue, I will be scheduling a call to share more about the success of the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service and to hear more about how national service is working for your city. Stay tuned for more information.

You can also continue this conversation locally by connecting with our state offices. Contact information can be found here.

Finally, I’d like to thank Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter for having me at a great event with AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers along with Harris Wofford -- former U.S. Senator and former CEO of CNCS. Thank you to Mayor Vincent Gray of Washington, DC for hosting me at the national service recognition night at the Washington Nationals game. And special thanks to the sponsors of the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service -- Cities of Service, the National League of Cities (NLC), and Mayor Michael Nutter, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCOM) -- who have all played an integral role in making this day such a huge success. Lastly, thanks to Mayor Scott Smith, Vice President of USCOM, Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers, NLC President, and Mayor Chris Coleman, NLC First Vice President, who showed their leadership by hosting great events.

Thank you for being a champion for service.

Warmest regards,

Wendy Spencer, CEO
Corporation for National and Community Service