Whether it’s supporting food banks and homeless shelters, restoring city parks, building homes, providing health services, or tutoring and mentoring students, volunteer service members help mayors tackle all sorts of problems.
Every day, in cities across America, service is taking place. These volunteers are strengthening our communities and Tuesday, hundreds of mayors showed their gratitude.
“They work very hard to keep our parks clean and to help keep them up,” said Mayor Blad. Because of a service project, we were able to get Brooklyn’s Playground built.”
To spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve, mayors across the country participated in the first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad and over 800 of his colleagues held events around the country. Pocatello’s day of recognition brought some attention to a special project.
“I’m spending one week in one community in every state and Washington D.C.,” said founder of Project Ubuntu, Daniel Becton. “This is the 32nd of 51 weeks and so I’ve traveled about 24 thousand miles and I’m just a guy on the road with a car.”
You’ve seen the benefits in your travels, how do you think this will help Pocatello?
“Pocatello and the state of Idaho have a lot of people that are dedicated to providing access to healthcare, providing access to resources that are actually already available,” said Becton. “And so we really need this service movement that we can really build community.”
You can find more information about this project at this link.