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Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss, Outreach & Education Officer, ServeOhio

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National Service Recognition Day – Dayton, Ohio

National Service Recognition Day is an event where thousands of local leaders take time to honor National Service members.  AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers gather across the country to celebrate service by inviting mayors and city leaders, county officials, tribal leaders and elected officials to participate in a celebration event.  The goal of the day is to thank national service members for their commitment and impact on local communities, highlight how local leaders use national service to solve their toughest challenges and to build public awareness about the impact of national service on the nation’s cities, counties and tribal areas.

This year, a group of Dayton National Service members came together for an event at the Montgomery County Educational Service Center.  There were AmeriCorps VISTA members, AmeriCorps State/National members, Senior Corps Volunteers, and other members of the community in attendance to support National Service. The event kicked off by reciting the AmeriCorps Pledge.  Then, Gene Saunders, Deputy District Director serving with Congressman Mike Turner made an official proclamation declaring April 2, 2019 National Service Recognition Day.  Darryl Fairchild, City Commissioner, City of Dayton gave an inspiring keynote address.  He emphasized the importance of serving and giving back to one’s community, but also stressed the importance of not being afraid to ask for help when you need it.  He talked about how service is a team effort and just how we go through life as a team, we should serve as a team too.

There were several AmeriCorps Alumni who shared their stories of service as well.  Monique Williams, currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Think Tank, Inc, shared how being the recipient of service motivated her to give back to the community and ultimately finish her bachelor’s degree.  She is finishing her second year as a VISTA member and encouraged the audience to get comfortable with being uncomfortable because service isn’t always easy, but the work being done in Dayton to alleviate poverty is important.  Samantha Conner is an AmeriCorps member serving with Notre Dame Mission Volunteers helping local Dayton schools create green school yards.  She came to serve as an AmeriCorps member after deciding to take a break from college to pursue her passion for nature and the environment.  She is passionate about helping children become more comfortable with nature and growing their interest for the environment.  Anthony Roebuck, an Army Veteran and AmeriCorps Alumni with the Mentoring Collaborative of Montgomery County AmeriCorps program, shared how service has always been a part of his life.  From an early age, he shard he watched his mother selflessly care for others which motivated him as a young person to organize neighborhood clean ups and service projects.  From there he continued service by serving his country with 2 tours oversees with the Army and then returned to serve as an AmeriCorps member.  Currently, Anthony is the Director of Kitchen Operations for House of Bread which is a non profit who’s mission is to “prevent hunger and serve as a bridge to beneficial community resources.”

Finally, a group of Senior Corps Volunteers performed two songs for the audience, which turned into an audience performance as everyone joined them singing “The National Anthem” and “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand” by Diana Ross.

Overall the day was very inspirational and motivated people to go out and get things done in the community.  All the AmeriCorps members, Senior Corps Volunteers and other guests enjoyed networking and sharing stories of service all across the City of Dayton.  There is much to celebrate this National Service Recognition Day and every day!

 

Written by: Meredith Pugh



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