Mayor Peduto Joins Nationwide Effort to Recognize Impact of National Service
Pittsburgh, PA– Mayor Peduto joined more than 1,000 mayors across the country for the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, a nationwide bipartisan effort that highlights the impact of national service in tackling city problems.
“National service is a vital resource for our city,” said Mayor Peduto. “AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers make our cities better places to live. As Mayor, I am grateful for the dedication and sacrifice of these citizens, who are helping make our great city stronger, safer, and healthier.”
Mayor Peduto was the keynote speaker at an event this morning recognizing the efforts of AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers at the East End Cooperative Ministry in East Liberty. Following breakfast and speakers, members of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps engaged in community service projects in the East End Cooperative Ministry and nearby, including, a community cleanup, serving at a soup kitchen, creating a garden space, and more. This event was made possible through collaboration between Pittsburgh Cares, servePGH, and the East End Cooperative Ministry.
Given the many social needs facing communities – and the fiscal constraints facing government at all levels - mayors are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to meet city needs. More than 750 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers serve in Pittsburgh, providing vital support by recruiting volunteers, tutoring and mentoring youth or supporting nonprofit organizations.
In conjunction with the Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service, the Mayor’s Office released a report highlighting the impact of AmeriCorps members in Pittsburgh (link). According to the report, nearly 19,000 volunteers were engaged in 94,000 hours of service by AmeriCorps programs alone. The time dedicated by volunteers is estimated to value over $2 million. This was made possible by the 361 AmeriCorps members serving in Pittsburgh, including two AmeriCorps VISTA members that currently serve in the Mayor’s Office, overseeing servePGH initiatives.
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, and U.S. Conference of Mayors President Scott Smith, Mayor of Mesa, Ariz. By shining the spotlight on the impact of service and thanking those who serve, mayors hope to inspire more residents to get involved in their communities.
Mayor Peduto is committed to using citizen service in a meaningful way to help tackle some of Pittsburgh's most pressing needs through volunteer-fueled programs, ranging from mentoring our City's youth to revitalizing neighborhood blocks through the City's servePGH initiative. Joining in 2009, Pittsburgh is one of the 17 founding cities to support this effort. Celebrating its third birthday in March, servePGH recently published its ‘Year 3 Report to the Community’ highlighting the success of impact volunteering in Pittsburgh. The Peduto Administration looks forward to continuing this rich neighbors-helping-neighbors tradition.
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.
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 President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.
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.
ABOUT AMERICORPS VISTA
servePGH is supported 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
Founded in September 2009 in New York City by New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and 16 other mayors from across the nation, Cities of Service is a bipartisan coalition of mayors committed to addressing critical city needs through impact volunteering. American cities face serious challenges and many mayors want to take advantage of every resource available to them – including the time and energy of public-spirited residents – to address those challenges. But in cities across America today, citizen service is often an underutilized or inefficiently utilized strategy by municipal governments. By leveraging citizen service strategies, Cities of Service helps mayors address local needs and make government more effective. To learn more, visit citiesofservice.org or follow us on Twitter @CitiesofService.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Mayor's Office of Service and Civic Engagement
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219