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April 01, 2013

MISSOULA

Missoula Mayor John Engen will join mayors across the country on Tuesday, April 9, in celebrating the first Mayor’s Day for Recognition of National Service.

Engen will visit three Missoula organizations that host AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members – the Clark Fork Coalition, YWCA Missoula and Missoula County Public Schools – to explore how national service members impact their organizations and the community at large.

The day will culminate with a social at 4 p.m. at the Missoula County Public Schools Administration Building, located at 215 S. Sixth St. W., where national service members, alumni, supervisors and partners will gather to hear the mayor issue a proclamation honoring the occasion.

The goal of the day of recognition is to highlight the importance of citizen service, show support for nonprofit and national service groups, recognize the role national service members play in focusing community volunteers and inspire more residents to serve in their communities.

This year, more than 7,900 people of all ages and backgrounds are helping to meet local needs, strengthen communities and increase civic engagement through national service in Montana. These members serve with more than 1,200 national and local nonprofits, schools, faith-based organizations and other groups. In Missoula, 822 Senior Corps members, 144 AmeriCorps members and 23 AmeriCorps VISTA members will serve in 2013.

Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service. CNCS leverages federal and private funds to support organizations that achieve measurable results where the need is greatest. Locally, this event is coordinated by Montana Campus Compact, Missoula Aging Services and the Montana Legal Services Association.

Montana Campus Compact is a network of campuses across the state that advances the public purposes of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educated students for civic and social responsibility. The network office is located on The University of Montana campus.

For a complete schedule of events, call MTCC AmeriCorps VISTA Leader Amanda Opitz at 406-243-5451 or email vistaleader@mtcompact.org. For more information on the national event, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/mayorsforservice.

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Contact: Amanda Opitz, AmeriCorps VISTA leader, Montana Campus Compact at UM, 460-243-5451, vistaleader@mtcompact.org.