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Mayors recognize volunteers for their service

By Staff | Mar 28, 2014

To spotlight the impact of national and community service and to thank citizens who serve, mayors across the nation will participate in the second-annual Mayors’ Day of Recognition for National Service on April 1.

On this day, mayors will hold public events to highlight the value and impact of national service to the nation’s communities.

Estherville Mayor Kenny Billings and Gruver Mayor Loren Anderson are two of the more than 900 mayors in the country who recognize the value of volunteers and will participate in Mayors’ Day of Service.

At a gathering honoring members of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program members who help at the Emmet County Food Pantry, Billings said that this community could not do all the great things it is know for without volunteers.

“Sometimes we don’t realize how many volunteers there are,” he said, citing those who go to nursing homes. “There would be no (Estherville) fire department without volunteers.”

UDMO Outreach Director Cinda Joynt thanked all the RSVP volunteers for their time at the food pantry.

“UDMO wouldn’t no what to do without all the volunteers,” she said. “We’re also grateful to Emmet County and all those who gather donations.”

Emmet County RSVP members have volunteered 359 hours at UDMO over the past 12 months.

The Northwest Iowa RSVP Volunteer Program is one of the programs that falls under the auspices of the Corporation for National and Community Service, Linda Anderson, coordinator for the Emmet County RSVP and Emmet County Volunteer Network, says it’s appropriate to involve mayors in highlighting the value of volunteers.

“Last year Emmet County RSVP volunteers logged over 8,433 hours of service to our Emmet County communities,” Anderson said. “They mentored and tutored children, provided medical transportation, provided telephone reassurance, visited frail or isolated elderly residents in their homes, assisted non-profits and public agencies with clerical and capacity-building service, and served in dozens of other ways to fill needs in our community.