Volunteers Honored at Mayors' Recognition Event
Current VISTA members: (back row) Adam Coonen, Maia Hausler, Lillian Proctor, Ryan Brandon, (front row) Amanda DesLauriers, Erica Linc, Stefanie Molinaro.
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside's Center for Community Partnerships and the Volunteer Center of Racine co-sponsored the Mayors' Day of Recognition for National Service on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.
Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman and Racine Mayor John Dickert expressed their commitment to and appreciation of service programs and volunteers active in their respective communities. Mayor Bosman has issued a proclamation recognizing current and past National Service members in Kenosha. Mayor Dickert, along with UW-Parkside Assistant Chancellor John Jaraczewski, presided over the special April 9th program in the City Hall Council Chambers to celebrate National Service members in Racine. Eleven current and past AmeriCorps VISTA members and five RSVP Volunteers were recognized and received plaques signed by the mayor at the event.
The Mayors' Day of Recognition for National Service is a nationwide initiative announced at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting on Jan. 17 in Washington DC. The goal of this initiative is to highlight the impact of national service programs in tackling local problems and managing volunteers for greater impact as well as to thank individual service members for their commitment to these programs.
The UW-Parkside VISTA Project is a group of seven AmeriCorps VISTAs who have embarked on a year of service in the Racine and Kenosha area as part of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside VISTA Project. Their mission is to build capacity and sustain collaborations among community nonprofit and government organizations to empower low income individuals and families by addressing economic development and financial planning. If you are interested in serving in the VISTA Project, contact Amanda DesLauriers at 262-595-3340 or firstname.lastname@example.org.