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National Day of Recognition
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 • Posted April 11, 2013

Mayor Brent Hinckley joined Mayors across the country by participating in a national day of recognition on Tuesday, April 9 to highlight the impact of service to their communities and thank individuals who serve through the Senior Corps and our local RSVP stations. “National service is a vital resource for America’s cities,” said Mayor Nutter, President of the US Conference of Mayors. “By unleashing the power of citizens, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs have a positive and lasting impact – making our cities better places to live.”

On a national level, individual service and volunteers annually involves more than four million citizens in service at more than 70,000 sites across the country. Locally the work of RSVP volunteers achieves measurable results where the need is greatest, and contributes many thousands of dollars of value and service to the residents of the City of Mason.

Here in Mason during the year 2012 over 11,384 hours of community service was registered at 20 different job stations throughout town. There were 45 different jobs that these hundreds of RSVP volunteers work at, and if valued at minimum wages of $7.25/hr this would amount to at least $82,534 contributed to our community. If calculated on the national Individual Volunteer Sector Value basis this work load would add nearly a quarter of a million dollars of value and contribution to the City of Mason.

The Proclamation that Mayor Brent Hinckley signed says in part:

WHEREAS, service to others is a hallmark of the American character, and central to how we meet our challenges; and

WHEREAS, national service participants increase the impact of the organizations they serve with, both through their direct service and by recruiting and managing millions of additional volunteers; and,

WHEREAS, national service represents a unique public-private partnership that invests in community solutions and leverages non-federal resources to strengthen community impact and increase the return on taxpayer dollars; and,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, Brent Hinckley, Mayor of City of Mason, do hereby proclaim April 9, 2013, as National Service Recognition Day, and encourage residents to recognize the positive impact of national service in our city, to thank those who serve; and to find ways to give back to their communities.

Everyone in the City of Mason benefits from the many different services that volunteers provide, and we should all be thankful for their willingness to handle the many jobs for which there is no funding to pay for workers. Our community is immeasurably richer for the many volunteers that help throughout town, and without the RSVP workers we would not be able to provide many services that support those who need them most. When you see someone helping out in the coming weeks be sure and stop for a moment and thank them for all that they do to volunteer in our community and help to make Mason the very best hometown in Texas.

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