The day of activities started with the a visit to the Senior Corps' Foster Grandparent program at Drew Central. Later that morning Mayor Tucker was joined by County Judge Robert Akin, State Director of the National Corporation of Narration & Community Service Open Sims, and State Director of the Americorps program Will Roark at ceremony on the downtown square. The ceremony included the state and local officials recognizing the Drew County's 60 plus Americorps and Senior Corps workers.; followed by an announcement of the Mayor’s Volunteer Service Initiative.
The announced initiative includes three strategies to elevate the status of volunteering, providing opportunities for resident to connect with volunteer opportunities, and recognize volunteers in Monticello.
1. Ready to Serve Campaign
The City of Monticello will develop a new campaign entitled “Ready to Serve” that will provide information of volunteer needs in Drew County as a user-friendly website to make connecting to volunteer opportunities easier. Monticello area non-profits, faith based groups and corporations will have the opportunity to post volunteer opportunities and highlight service projects.
The campaign will also include workshops for the community to develop greater organizational partnerships; and PSAs and marketing material to encourage volunteer awareness of Monticello service programs, ultimately helping to improve volunteer connectivity to service opportunities.
2. Municipal Days of Service
The Mayor will annual declare the following three dates as municipal days of service: (1) the third Monday in January, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of National Service; (2) April 1st, Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service; and (3) September 11th, Patriot Day of National Service and Remembrance.
The Mayor’s Office will select and organize community-wide volunteer projects to allow opportunities for interested volunteers to participate in during each respective Municipal Day of Service.
3. Mayor’s Volunteer Service Award Program
The Mayor’s Office will develop “The Mayor’s Volunteer Service Award” providing annual recognition for participating individuals and groups. By utilizing the national President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) to track individual’s volunteer hours, the program will automatically recognize volunteers in the mayor’s volunteer award program, the Governor’s volunteer award program and the President’s volunteer award program.
For more information about the Mayor’s Volunteer Service Initiative, contact the Mayor's Office, 870-367-4400.