Missoula Mayor Joins Day for Recognition of National Service

March 26, 2014

MISSOULA – Missoula Mayor John Engen will join mayors across the country on April 1 to celebrate the second annual Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service.

A gathering of national service members titled “A National Service Conversation with Mayor John Engen” will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in University Center Room 327 at the University of Montana. Participants will share their stories of service with Engen, who then will make a proclamation and lead a discussion on the impact of national service in Missoula.

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.

Last year, more than 6,500 people of all ages and backgrounds helped to meet local needs, strengthen communities and increase civic engagement through national service in Montana. These members served with more than 1,100 national and local nonprofits, schools, faith-based organizations and other groups. Currently, 758 Senior Corps volunteers, 134 AmeriCorps members and nine AmeriCorps VISTA members are serving in Missoula.

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, Montana Legal Services Association, Montana Conservation Corps, the UM Office for Civic Engagement and Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming.

The Montana Campus Compact advances the public purposes of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.

For a complete schedule of events, call MTCC AmeriCorps VISTA Program Manager Brian Christianson at 406-243-5427 or email christianson@mtcompact.org. For more information on the national event, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/mayorsforservice.

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Contact: Brian Christianson, Montana Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA program manager, 406-243-5427, christianson@mtcompact.org.