County Executive Tom Nelson Joins Nationwide Effort to Recognize Impact of National Service

Published Tuesday, April 5, 2016

On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson will join more than 3,342 county officials and mayors across the country in a nationwide bipartisan initiative to highlight the impact of national service in tackling local problems.

Nelson will give a proclamation highlighting the importance of national service at the Volunteer Center of East Central Wisconsin, 2616 S. Oneida St., Appleton Wis. at 1:30 p.m.

RSVP Director Carol Bloemer says that national service is a vital resource for Outagamie County and the Fox Cities. “We incorporate AmeriCorps, Vet Corps and Senior Corps to make our community a great place to live,” Bloemer said.  “As the Director of the RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program at the Volunteer Center of East Central WI, every day I witness the commitment and dedication of older Americans as they serve in our non-profit agencies, hospitals and schools.”

Given the many social needs facing communities, county and city leaders are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to meet local needs.  More than 300 national service participants of all ages and backgrounds serve in Outagamie County, providing vital support to county residents and improving the quality of life in our county.

The Mayor and County Day of Recognition for National Service is a nationwide bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of national service in counties, to thank those who serve, and to encourage citizens to give back to their communities.   The day is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, and Cities of Service.

“I am proud to be working with Outagamie County as we continue to strengthen communities through national service,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.  “County officials and mayors are leaders who get things done.  They know first-hand the value of national service in tackling local problems.  I commend Outagamie County for working with us to improve lives and strengthen communities through national service.”

As the federal agency for service and volunteering, CNCS annually engages millions of Americans in service at more than 50,000 locations through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other programs.  National service participants address the most pressing challenges facing our counties and nation, from educating students for the jobs of the 21st century and supporting veterans and military families to preserving the environment and helping communities recover from natural disasters.

Across the nation, county officials and mayors are participating in a variety of activities, including visiting national service programs, hosting roundtables, issuing proclamations, and communicating about national service through social media.  By shining the spotlight on the impact of service and thanking those who serve, local officials hope to inspire more residents to get involved in their communities. 

“RSVP joins the rest of the Corporation for National and Community Service by focusing our work in six areas of need: Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Futures, Veterans and Military Families,” Bloemer said. “These common goals strengthen the impact that our programs make right here in our community. We excel at what we can achieve because of our great partners, to list a few, Appleton Area School District, Habitat for Humanity Fox Cities, Lutheran Social Services and the Outagamie County ADRC.”

For more information including background and a list of participating county officials and mayors, visit NationalService.gov/RecognitionDay.

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The Volunteer Center of East Central Wisconsin provides connections to volunteer opportunities throughout the Fox Valley Region. Please visit www.VolunteerCenter.net for more information. If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Carol Bloemer, please call the Volunteer Center of East Central WI at 920-832-9360 or e-mail rsvp@volunteercenter.net.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

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