Tetreau honors national service members


First Selectman Mike Tetreau and Anne M. Ostberg, state program director for the Corporation for National and Community Service, hold the proclamation that was issued to national service members.

First Selectman Mike Tetreau issued a proclamation recognizing Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service during an event at the Great Hall at Bellarmine Hall at Fairfield University on April 9.

Tetreau joined more than 600 mayors from across the country for the first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, a nationwide bipartisan effort to highlight the impact of national service.

A short ceremony was held, during which Fairfield University President Jeffrey P. von Arx welcomed members of the Connecticut Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA project, a Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) program sponsored by and located at Fairfield University.

Tetreau discussed the importance of national service and cited examples of service performed in the town of Fairfield. Anne Ostberg, CNCS’s Connecticut program director, discussed national service programs located in Fairfield County and throughout Connecticut. Tetreau then issued the proclamation to all the service members.

Representatives from Operation Hope, which is a service location for another AmeriCorps program, were in attendance. Additional AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers who serve throughout Fairfield also attended.

“National service is a vital resource for our community,” Tetreau said. “AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps participants have a positive and lasting impact, making our town a better place to live. I would like to thank these dedicated national service members for giving back to our community.”

“Mayors are leaders who get things done, responding every day to needs in their cities,” said Wendy Spencer, CNCS chief executive officer. “I commend First Selectman Mike Tetreau for joining in this important effort to recognize the impact of national service. We are proud to work hand-in-hand with local leaders to improve lives and strengthen communities through national service.”

As the federal agency for service and volunteering, CNCS annually engages more than four million citizens in service at more than 70,000 sites across the country through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and other programs. CNCS leverages federal and private funds to support organizations that achieve measurable results where the need is greatest. A significant portion of this investment is focused on cities.

CNCS has investments in more than 500 cities with a population of at least 30,000. Last year, CNCS leveraged more than $1 billion in investments for organizations operating or based in these cities. National service also plays a key role in many smaller cities and towns and rural areas.

The initiative has already gained support from a diverse range of mayors, including big cities like New York to mid-size communities like Fairfield and smaller municipalities like Tuscaloosa.

On the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, mayors and first selectmen participated in a variety of activities, including visiting national service programs, issuing proclamations and communicating about national service through social media. Participating in the day highlights the importance of citizen service, shows support for nonprofit and national service groups, recognizes the role national service members play in focusing community volunteers and inspires more residents to serve in their communities.

For more information on the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, including background and participating mayors, visit nationalservice.gov/mayorsforservice.

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