Waynesville, St. Robert, Fort Leonard Wood and state leaders are among the more than 5,200 officials who participated in a nationwide effort to recognize the impact of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps during the sixth-annual National Service Recognition Day.

Local leaders participated in public events, issued proclamations, joined in service projects, and used social media to thank AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members for their service, drawing a spotlight to the value they bring to communities across the nation.

State Rep. Steve Lynch presented a proclamation to AmeriCorps members and VISTA members on Monday, April 2, at Pick Educational and Volunteer Facility. He praised them for their efforts to make a positive difference in the community and how valuable and important they are to not only today, but also the future.

Originally a work day was scheduled for April 2 at several sites in the community, but due to the weather had to be rescheduled. While they were not able to repaint the map of the United States and lines on the playground, Col. Tracy Lanier, the FLW Garrison Commander, visited with AmeriCorps and VISTA volunteers to thank them for their service to military families and the greater community.

Additional information about other local National Service Recognition Day will be forthcoming.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which administers AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, leads this annual effort in collaboration with the National League of Cities (NLC), the National Association of Counties (NACo), and Cities of Service.

“City and county officials are leaders who – like AmeriCorps and Senior Corps – get things done,” said Barbara Stewart, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Service is an American idea – it crosses all boundaries and has always been at the heart of what it means to be an American. That’s why I’m proud so many officials recognize the value of national service and have pledged their support as part of National Service Recognition Day.”

As the federal agency for service and volunteering, CNCS annually engages millions of citizens in service at 50,000 location sites across the country through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other programs. From preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs, reducing crime and reviving cities, connecting returning veterans to jobs, fighting the opioid epidemic, supporting seniors to live independently and with dignity, making college more accessible and affordable, and helping Americans rebuild their lives following a disaster, national service members help mayors and local officials tackle tough problems.

To learn more about the national service programs operating in your community or to find out how to apply to become an AmeriCorps or Senior Corps member, visit nationalservice.gov.