Friday, April 5, 2013

Mayor Jones to Recognize Over 100 Local Volunteers


~National day of recognition to be held by mayors across the country~

Richmond, VA --- Mayor Dwight C. Jones has pledged to participate in the inaugural Mayors Day of Recognition for Volunteer Service on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. On this day, Mayors across the country will hold public events and use traditional and social media to highlight the value of service to the nation’s cities. City residents are invited to attend Mayor Jones’ Day of Recognition for Volunteer Service on April 9 at 9:30 a.m., at the 17th Street Farmer’s Market in the historic Shockoe Bottom. Mayor Jones will be joined by City employees and others to thank the 192 national volunteers (specifically, the AmeriCorps, VISTAS, Foster Grandparents, and Retired Senior Volunteers) who serve within the city and are helping to ‘Build the Best Richmond’.

“I encourage city residents to join me in recognizing and celebrating our volunteers,” said Mayor Jones. “It is important for us to come together and serve our community, especially our seniors, through volunteerism. It is an honor to take part in this National Day of Recognition for Volunteer Service.”

Mayor Jones’ Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) initiative has convened both the City’s Office on Aging and Disabilities and Senior Connections to make April 9 not just a day of recognition, but also a day of service. After the event, N2N and the city’s AmeriCorps ACES program will have national members, along with approximately 160 Virginia Commonwealth University students, provide volunteer services at four Senior Connection’s Friendship Cafes and perform spring cleaning (both inside and/or outside) at 40 homes of elderly residents.

Who:              Mayor Dwight C. Jones

What:             Day of recognition to honor national and local volunteers

When:            Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.

Where:           17th Street Farmer’s Market

Parking is available in the main lot located at 100 N. 17th Street. Due to street closures for the event, the main lot will only be accessible from 17th Street (off of East Broad Street) to Grace Street. The parking lot will be immediately on the left. East Main Street to 17th Street AND East Broad Street to 18th Street will not be accessible. 

Background:
Mayor Jones launched the N2N to engage residents and City employees in volunteerism and to promote a new era of collaborative service as a strategy for City government. N2N projects have included mentoring children in schools, visiting the elderly, as well as providing home repairs for the elderly population, beautification projects throughout the city, supporting various special events, and youth programs to include back-to-school shopping and several others.

If you are interested in volunteering with N2N or for a list of upcoming volunteer opportunities, please visit http://www.richmondgov.com/NeighborToNeighbor. Once registered, you will receive an email confirmation of your volunteer reservations, including the volunteer location and contact information. 

If you have any questions or need assistance with registering with N2N, please call (804) 646-6528.