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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2013 Archives > April 2013 > Mayor Brown Honors 1,500 National Service Volunteers

Mayor Brown Honors 1,500 National Service Volunteers

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National Service members provided over 700,000 hours of service with 100 organizations in the City of Buffalo

April 9, 2013 – Mayor Brown and more than 800 mayors across the country participated in the first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, in an effort to highlight the impact of national service in tackling city problems.

“National Service is a strong resource for Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown.  “AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps participants have a positive and lasting impact, improving the quality of life for many of our residents throughout Buffalo. As Mayor, I am grateful for the dedication of these citizens and honored to recognize those who help make our great city stronger and healthier.”

At the Canisius College Montante Cultural Center, Mayor Brown recognized over 1,500 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers actively engaged in service to the city of Buffalo. Mayor Brown also issued a proclamation and honored several individual service members for their dedication to and enthusiasm about volunteerism.

National Service programs in Buffalo seek to enhance the quality of life for the communities they serve. A major focus for several of the programs is to create opportunities for residents of all ages to have access to resources that would allow them to improve their living conditions. For example, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs provide support to education, service members and volunteers, and tutor hundreds of students across the city each day. This service, in addition to the efforts of teachers, proves to attribute to the success of our youth and increases their level of educational attainment.

“Mayors are leaders who get things done, responding every day to needs in their cities,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.  “I commend Mayor Brown for joining in this important effort to recognize the impact of National Service.  We are proud to work hand-in-hand with him and other local partners 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 70,000 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. By honoring the national service members who have shown an outstanding commitment to service, Mayor Brown hopes to inspire more residents to become involved in their neighborhoods and communities by volunteering with local non-profit and community organizations.

“National service shows the best of the Buffalonian spirit – people turning toward problems instead of away, working together to find community solutions,” said Oswaldo Mestre, Director, Division of Citizen Services. “As we thank national service members for their commitment, we should all pledge to do our part to strengthen our city through service and volunteering.”

Today’s individual honorees are:

  • Bessie Robinson, Senior Corps Volunteer, Foster Grandparent Program – Catholic Charities of Western New York
  • Michael McCarley, AmeriCorps Member, Buffalo AmeriCorps – The Belle Center
  • Joanne Mitchell, Senior Corps Volunteer, Foster Grandparent Program – Catholic Charities of Western New York
  • Edward Feuerbach, Senior Corps Volunteer, Retired Senior Volunteer Program – Erie County Department of Senior Services
  • Patricia Butler, Senior Corps Volunteer,  Senior Companion Program – Child and Family Services
  • Brittany Blizzard, AmeriCorps Member, The Service Collaborative of Western New York Inc.
  • Natalie DeGrechie, AmeriCorps VISTA, The Service Collaborative of Western New York, Inc.
  • Ayreace Hover, YouthBuild, The Service Collaborative of Western New York, Inc.
  • Kayla Williams, AmeriCorps Member, Buffalo AmeriCorps – The Belle Center

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.