As a Vermonter and mayor of Barre, Iím writing to make your readers aware that today is Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service and, more importantly, to thank Vermontís AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps volunteers who are making a difference through national service.
Every day, AmeriCorps members and SeniorCorps volunteers are helping make our state and city stronger, safer and healthier. Dedicated citizens are tackling tough challenges ó helping kids graduate, making neighborhoods safer, caring for seniors, supporting veterans and military families, preserving our environment and much more.
During my service as mayor, I have seen their impact firsthand and am grateful ó as are those who are assisted ó for their dedication and sacrifice.
Today, mayors across the United States and Vermont are recognizing the value of national service and thanking those who serve as part of the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. I am proud to be joining my fellow mayors here in Vermont as part of this nationwide bipartisan effort.
National service and volunteerism shows the best of the American spirit ó people turning toward problems instead of away and working together to find community-based solutions.
Strengthening that spirit is one of my goals as mayor. Thank you to all of Vermontís AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps volunteers for being a shining example for others to follow.
In closing, Karen and I will be hosting a reception for our AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps volunteers on behalf of the Vermont Mayors Coalition in the Cedar Creek Room at the Vermont State House from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. today. We invite everyone to stop by and thank our AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps volunteers.
Thomas J. Lauzon
The writer is the mayor of Barre.
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