Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast will join with 20 other mayors across Kansas to celebrate the Mayor's Day of Recognition for National Service. Wolgast will meet with volunteers from AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs serving in Topeka and Shawnee County to present the proclamation at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 2 at Meadows Elementary School.
The 300 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps volunteers serving in over 60 sites in Topeka and Shawnee County in the past year have given in excess of 200,000 hours of service to this community.
Foster Grandparents, a Senior Corps program sponsored by Kansas Neurological Institute, provides role models, mentors, and friends to children with exceptional needs. The United Way of Greater Topeka directs RSVP where people 55 and over use the skills and talents they have learned over the years serving in a variety of volunteer activities in the community.
Three AmeriCorps programs are housed at Washburn University's Learning in the Community: Center for Community and Civic Engagement. The LinC Scholar/Bonner Leaders program engages 40 students in 1800 hours each of leadership and community service over a four year scholastic period. The Literacy Education Action Project (LEAP) places student tutors in local schools and after school programs. Washburn AmeriCorps VISTA Fellows commit to a year of full-time service building the capacity of agencies working to alleviate poverty.
AmeriCorps State program grants are administered by the Kansas Volunteer Commission. State AmeriCorps members engage in direct service such as teaching or disaster relief.
A significant number of the Topeka-based volunteer hours were served in local schools and after-school programs. Additional agencies who support more than one national service program include Ks Capital Area American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Harvesters, KNI, Let's Help, Marian Clinic, Topeka Habitat for Humanity and the YWCA.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and other programs, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/special-initiatives/mayors-day-recognition
Judy Nickelson, coordinator, Washburn AmeriCorps VISTA Fellows, 785.670.2286
Amanda Hughes, university relations, 785.670.2153