PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey proclaimed April 6, 2021 as National Service Recognition Day in Arizona to thank those who serve as national service volunteers and recognize their impact of strengthening communities and tackling our nation's most pressing challenges.
View text of the proclamation below.
WHEREAS, service to others is a hallmark of the American character, and throughout our history citizens have stepped up to meet challenges by volunteering in their communities; and
WHEREAS, AmeriCorps provides opportunities for approximately 270,000 Americans to serve their communities through an intensive commitment to service at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country; and
WHEREAS, AmeriCorps enriches the lives of its members and volunteers, building habits that create engaged citizens who are active participants in civic matters affecting their communities long after their service terms are completed; and
WHEREAS, AmeriCorps members and volunteers encourage collaboration and partnerships, leveraging additional volunteers in service and acquiring the support of businesses, foundations, and public and community agencies to increase the effectiveness of their initiatives; and
WHEREAS, in Arizona, more than 2,400 AmeriCorps members and volunteers of various ages and backgrounds help meet local needs at more than 550 locations by tutoring or mentoring children and youth; supporting veterans and military families; combating the opioid epidemic; restoring the environment; and, responding to disasters; and
WHEREAS, in exchange for their service, AmeriCorps members and volunteers develop valuable work skills; earn money for continuing education; and, strengthen the lives of their families, communities, and the State of Arizona; and
WHEREAS, since AmeriCorps was founded in 1994, more 24,000 AmeriCorps members in Arizona served more than 26 million hours and qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $65.5 million; and
WHEREAS, National Service Recognition Day is an opportunity to recognize the dedication and commitment of the more than 1 million Americans who have chosen to serve their country through AmeriCorps, and to encourage more Americans to follow their footsteps in service; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Douglas A. Ducey, Governor of the State of Arizona, do hereby proclaim April 6, 2021 as
NATIONAL SERVICE RECOGNITION DAY
in Arizona, and urge citizens to recognize AmeriCorps members, volunteers and alumni for their service and to find their own ways to give back to their communities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused
to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Arizona
DONE at the Capitol in Phoenix on this Sixteenth day of March in
the year Two Thousand and Twenty-One and of the Independence
of the United States of America the Two Hundred and Forty-Fifth.
SECRETARY OF STATE