Monday, March 31, 2014

City to Celebrate Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service

On Tuesday, April 1, the City of Richmond will join in celebrating the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. The event to be held at 9:30 a.m. at the Carillon in Byrd Park, 1300 Blanton Avenue, will spotlight the impact of volunteerism and thank those who served within the city of Richmond.

More than 1,700 mayors from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico will hold public events and use both traditional and social media to highlight the value and impact of national service to the nation’s cities. This initiative is being led by the federal agency for service and volunteerism, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), along with Cities of Service, the National League of Cities, and Mesa, AZ, Mayor Scott Smith – President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Mayor Jones also participated in the inaugural Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service last year.

After the 9:30 a.m. event, Mayor Dwight C. Jones’ Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) initiative, AmeriCorps, VISTAS and Senior Corps will join in performing the following service projects around the city.

Service Projects

Locations                                                     Description of Service Projects

The Healing Place                                         Gardening/mulching, exterior painting and fence repair
700 Dinwiddie Avenue
Great Shiplock Park                                     Debris/Clean-up
Pear Street and Dock Street

The Carillon                                                   Pruning and moving small trees
1300 Blanton Avenue                                    
William Byrd Community House                Debris/Clean-up, grass-cutting, mulching
224 South Cherry Street

Project Homes (TBD)                                   Moving boxes from home to pod for home repairs

Mayor Jones launched 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 . 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.