City of Mesa News Article
Mayor Scott Smith Joins Nationwide Effort to Recognize Impact of National Service
By: Melissa Randazzo
04/1/14 5:16 PM

Date:  April 1, 2014
Mayor’s Office
Contact: Melissa Randazzo
Tel. 480-644-3219


Mesa, AZ -  Mayor Scott Smith joined more than 1,750 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 Smith.  “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 Smith participated with District 3 Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh, Acting AmeriCorps VISTA Director Erin Dahlin, Mesa United Way President and CEO Dan Wollam and Mesa Community College President Dr. Shouan Pan in a ceremony recognizing AmeriCorps and Senior Corps volunteers serving in Mesa.

This year, Mesa United Way was awarded a five member VISTA project that focuses on serving our veterans. From working at the Veteran Service Center at Mesa Community College to building a web based one-stop-shop for veterans through the City of Mesa, these volunteers work to engage veterans in need.

“National service shows the best of the American spirit – people turning toward problems instead of away, working together to find community solutions,” said District 3 Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh.   “Today, as we thank national service members for their commitment, let us all pledge to do our part to strengthen our city through service and volunteering.”

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.

“I am proud to be working with Mayor Smith as we continue to strengthen communities through national service,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.  “Mayors are leaders who get things done.  They know first hand the value of national service in tackling city problems.  I commend Mayor Smith for working with us to improve lives and strengthen communities through national service.”

As the federal agency for service and volunteering, CNCS annually engages more than five million citizens in service at more than 60,000 locations in 8,500 cities across the country through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other programs.  National service participants address the most pressing challenges facing our cities 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.

For more information on the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, including background and a list of participating mayors, visit




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