Today I would like to recognize national service members who are working locally to help strengthen our community here in Provo. As many as five million national service members (working for programs such as AmeriCorps and Senior Corps) address some of the most challenging issues our country faces at over 70,000 sites in 8,500 cities across America.
Locally, national service members tackle concerns such as poverty, health, education, and financial need, to name a few, contributing thousands of hours annually to these causes. Programs and organizations utilizing national service members include, but are not limited to:
- Boys & Girls Club of Utah County
- Brigham Young University
- Community Action Services and Food Bank
- United Way of Utah County
- Utah County Government
There were 298 members serving in the area as of March 6, 2015.
Given the variety of social needs in our community—and the fiscal constraints facing the government at all levels—mayors such as myself are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective solution to meeting cities needs.
National service represents our country at its finest. It gives citizens the opportunity to “pay it forward,” in a sense, by giving of their time and talents to meet their neighbors’ needs. It draws community members together and provides unique solutions to the collective issues they face.
As thanks national service members, let us all recommit ourselves to doing our part for Provo through service and volunteering. If you are interested in getting involved with national service, visit: nationalservice.gov.