On April 7, county leaders from across the country will recognize the impact and importance of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps and thank these volunteers on the first annual County Day of Recognition and National Service.

The initiative is part of National County Government Month and is being lead by the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). On the 7th, county executives and board chairs will hold public events, issue proclamations and issue media releases to highlight the impact of these organizations and to encourage more residents to serve.

The two organizations feel that a coordinated day of recognition will be a unique opportunity to emphasize the critical role volunteers play in solving county problems, according to program materials. “Participating in the day will highlight the impact of citizen service, show support for nonprofit and national service groups, and inspire more residents to serve in their communities,” according to the program’s website.

All county board chairs, executives and officials are being encouraged to participate. Suggested activities include holding a recognition event for local service chapters, becoming an Employer of National Service, issuing a public proclamation, visiting a national service program, organizing a service project, taking a group photo with national service members, or simply using social media to thank those who serve.

For more information on the County Day of Recognition for National Service, contact PJ Andrews, Office of Government Relations for CNCS, at pandrews@cns.gov.

Editor’s note: If your county decides to participate, please send photos and or other media to Derek.Prall@penton.com. We would love to feature your participation.

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