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Dear Editor:

On March 31, five Boulder County mayors gathered in Lyons to commemorate the second Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. These officials joined 1,760 mayors from across the country to recognize the

positive impact of National Service volunteers in our cities, to thank those who serve, and to encourage all of us to give back to our communities.

You don’t hear their stories on the nightly news, but AmeriCorps and Senior Corps/RSVP volunteers head out every day, without fanfare, to improve lives and strengthen communities. In Boulder County, more than 1,000 National Service participants help with a range of community needs from staffing pet shelters and teaching kids to read, to delivering groceries to homebound seniors and rebuilding flooded homes and neighborhoods.

Our nonprofit organization, Boulder County CareConnect (BCCC), manages the local Senior Corps/RSVP program that matches ages 55-and-over volunteers with meaningful service opportunities. As hosts of the Mayors Day event, we are grateful for the dedication of our RSVP participants and all National Service citizens who help make Boulder County stronger, safer, and healthier.

We appreciate these Boulder County Mayors that attended the event and signed a proclamation designating April 1, 2014 as National Service Recognition Day: Matthew Appelbaum - Boulder; Christine Berg - Lafayette; Dennis Coombs - Longmont; Joe Gierlach - Nederland; and Julie Van Domelen - Lyons. Also, thank you to Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle and Sergeant Nick Goldberger; Lindsay Dolce, Executive Director of Serve Colorado; the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) Colorado office, and all ninety-three people that attended.

Emily Ditty
Executive Director of Boulder County CareConnect

 

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