State Representative Tony McCombie joined thousands of local leaders across the country in a nationwide bipartisan initiative to highlight the impact of national service in tackling local problems.
“National service is a vital resource for Northwest Illinois,” said Rep. Tony McCombie. “AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers make our counties better places to live. I am grateful for the dedication and sacrifice of these exceptional citizens, who are helping make our regionsafer, stronger, and healthier.”
Given the many challenges facing communities, county and city leaders are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to meet local needs. Over 13,000 Senior Corps andAmeriCorps members volunteers serve throughout Illinois, providing vital support for communities and families at 1,600 local service sites.
National Service Recognition Day is a nationwide bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of national service, to thank those who serve, and to encourage more citizens to give back to their communities. This day is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), with support from the National League of Cities and the National Association of Counties.
As the federal agency for service and volunteering, CNCS annually engages millions of Americans in service at more than 45,000 locations through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other programs. National service participants address the most pressing challenges facing our counties and nation. From helping communities recover from natural disasters, fighting the opioid epidemic, restoring parks, strengthening public safety, to tutoring and mentoring disadvantaged students, national service members get things done.
“National service shows the best of the American spirit – people turning toward problems instead of away, working together to find community solutions,” said Rep. Tony McCombie. “We see this every day in confronting some of the most urgent problems at this time of great local and national need.”
For more information including background, visit NationalService.gov/RecognitionDay.