Mayor Ravenstahl's servePGH
Today is the first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service!
In 2009, I pledged that the City of Pittsburgh would join cities across the nation to help our country achieve the goals of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act by joining Mayor Bloomberg and fifteen other Mayors from across our nation to launch the Cities of Service coalition, which now includes more than 150 mayors who have committed to work together to engage citizens in a multi-year effort to address pressing city needs through impact volunteerism. Today we celebrate the first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service to thank those who met our call to service with a resounding response, and to highlight the critical needs they've addressed.
Today, over 800 bipartisan mayors across the country are taking time to recognize the impact of national service in their cities and thank those who serve. I am proud to join in this nationwide salute that will highlight the importance of citizen engagement, recognize the dedication of national service members and inspire more residents to get involved in their communities.
In a short report compiled by national service programs and members you can catch a glimpse of the collective impact that AmeriCorps resources have had in Pittsburgh. We believe that the information within is a testament to how federal investment in national service makes a difference. I am personally inspired and grateful for the contribution of national service members to Pittsburgh’s strong tradition of neighbors-helping-neighbors.
More than 1,600 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers serve in the City of Pittsburgh, providing vital support to residents and improving quality of life. As Mayor, I am grateful for the dedication and sacrifice of these citizens, who are helping to make our great city stronger, safer and healthier. I have seen their impact first-hand, and know that national service is a cost-effective strategy to meet critical city needs.
In recognition of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members' efforts, I am proclaiming April 9, 2013 a day to thank national service members for their commitment here in the City of Pittsburgh. Please join me in letting them know that the impact of their work does not go unnoticed by visiting our Facebook page and saying thank you.
Mayor's Office of Service and Civic Engagement
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2280 | facsimile 412-255-2988