Ronan honors senior volunteers
RONAN — On April 9, Ronan Mayor Kim Aipperspach will join more than 600 mayors across the country for the first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, a nationwide bipartisan effort to highlight the impact of national service in tackling city problems.
“National service is a vital resource for our city,” said one mayor. “Senior Corps participants have a positive and lasting impact, making our cities better places to live. As mayor, I am grateful for the dedication and sacrifice of these citizens, who are helping make our great city stronger, safer and healthier.”
The Ronan City Council will proclaim April 9 National Service Recognition Day at noon at the Ronan City Library. A reception with cake and coffee will follow the ceremony.
More than 400 Senior Corps volunteers serve with the Western Montana RSVP Volunteer program. They provide vital support by volunteering at food banks and nonprofit thrift stores, driving Meals on Wheels and DAV vans for veterans, helping at libraries, museums, hospitals and senior centers, as well as more than 100 other nonprofits. In 2012, RSVP volunteers contributed more than 63,000 hours of service.
The Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service was conceived by Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, as a way to recognize the positive impact of national service in cities, 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, the National League of Cities and Cities of Service.