Thursday, April 2, 2015

City to Celebrate Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service on April 7


Mayor Dwight C. Jones and the City’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) initiative will spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve within the city during a kick-off ceremony on Tuesday, April 7 for the third annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. The 9 a.m. event is being held at Ann Hardy Plaza Community Center, 3300 First Avenue. Richmond City Councilwoman Ellen Robertson, 6th District, and Richmond City Councilman Parker Agelasto, 5th District will be attending the ceremony.

More than 2,200 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 and the National League of Cities. Mayor Jones has participated in the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service since its inception.

Immediately following the kick-off ceremony, N2N, Americorps, VISTAS, Senior Corps and other volunteers will join in performing the following service projects around the city.

Highland Park (Meadowbridge Corridor) - Paint storefronts and beautify the area

Highland Park (Yard Work) - Grass cutting, weed removal, hedge trimming & painting for vulnerable seniors
                   
Highland Park (Community Cleanup) - Trash pickup along various streets

Highland Park (Guardian Angels) - Interior and exterior painting; cleaning outside debris
   
Highland Park (The NOC) - Interior and exterior cleaning of the Learning Center
                   
Project Homes - Scrape and paint the porch of a vulnerable senior

Carytown (Cleanup) - Clean sidewalks & alleys, remove stickers from lamp poles & prep for painting; tree well planting
   
Carytown (I-195 Exit Ramp) - Cleanup




Background:
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 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.