On Monday April 4th and Tuesday April 5th AmeriCorps members participated in Mayor’s Recognition Day of National Service in Burlington, St. Albans, and Montpelier. AmeriCorps members met with Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, St. Albans Mayor Liz Gamache, Montpelier Mayor John Hollar, and Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon.
AmeriCorps members serving in Montpelier spent Tuesday morning at the Vermont Statehouse in the House chambers, where a resolution was read designating April 5th Mayor’s Recognition Day for National Service. This resolution was sponsored by the entire House of Representatives.
The Environmental and Career Opportunity (ECO) AmeriCorps members came together for a service project in Burlington, where they picked up trash along the waterfront. Katy Gimma, the ECO AmeriCorps Team Leader said, “We got to engage with the community at the newly redeveloped Burlington waterfront Skate Park. It was great to see the widespread support for service.”
There are 18 ECO AmeriCorps members serving around the state in watershed groups, state government, non-governmental organizations, planning commissions, and municipal offices. The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation over sees the ECO AmeriCorps program.
Every day in communities across America, AmeriCorps members address the most pressing challenges facing our cities, counties and nation – from educating students for the jobs of the 21st century and supporting veterans and military families to preserving the environment and helping communities recover from natural disasters. Service to others is a hallmark of the American character, and central to how we meet our challenges.