FAIRBANKS, AK -- About a dozen VISTA volunteers and their supervisor’s spent part of today with Fairbanks North Star Borough Luke Hopkins. This was part of the National Service Recognition Day.
This is the first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. Together, the mayors represent nearly 100 million citizens, or nearly one-third of Americans. 832 elected officials from across the country, including 3 in Alaska, took the time to say thank you and to give encouragement to the AmeriCorps and Senior Corps volunteers who address the most challenging issues facing our cities and nation, from educating students, to helping the homeless to preserving the environment.
Mayor Hopkins marked the day by reading a proclamation, hosting a round table discussion on current borough issues as well as a round of pictures, food and laughter.
Hopkins thanked the group for their dedication in the city and borough, where their efforts bolster the civic community and faith-based organizations that are vital to our economic and social well-being.
He told the group, “Thank you for what you have done and what you will continue to do to make our community a better place.” He also encouraged residents to recognize the positive impact the program has on our borough and to consider finding ways to give back to the community.