Mayor to Recognize volunteers on April 1

Pittsfield City Mayor Daniel Bianchi will participate in the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, by joining VISTA and Senior Corps volunteers to paint at Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity’s office at 314 Columbus Avenue. Bianchi will roll up his sleeves to highlight the value and impact of national service to the city of Pittsfield. Refreshments will be provided by RSVP.

Mayors across the nation will participate in similar public events on April 1, to demonstrate that by unleashing the power of citizens, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs have positive and lasting impact, making our cities better places to live.  According to the Corporation for National & Community Service, a coordinated day of recognition presents a unique opportunity to spotlight the key role that national service plays in solving local problems and challenges.

In Pittsfield, Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity has two VISTA volunteers working with volunteers and family, respectively. The AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at Berkshire Community College partners with the Pittsfield Public Schools and Berkshire United Way to engage service-learning college students in asset mapping, tutoring and early childhood initiatives.

Mayor Bianchi states “The strength of a community is often measured by the volunteers who give of themselves to help those in need, or to help those less fortunate. Pittsfield is a very rich community by this measure. Thousands of our citizens help others and make Pittsfield a truly wonderful community.”

April 9, 2013 was the first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service across the country. Eight hundred and thirty two Mayors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico recognized the work that AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers are doing to make cities better and stronger. Together, these Mayors represent nearly 100 million citizens, or almost one-third of all Americans.

For more information contact Mary McGinnis, Director of Administrative Services at (413)-499-9322