April 1st was National Mayor's Day. More than 1,750 mayors from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico stood together in support of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps by participating in the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. Together, these mayors represent more than 110 million citizens or one-third of all Americans. Project Conserve was represented by Mayor Manheimer in Asheville and Mayor Volk in Hendersonville.
Asheville events included a service day at Manna Foodbank, preparing food for the Backpack Program, which is sent home with Asheville City and Buncombe County school children every weekend to avoid food shortage on days without school. Project Conserve members also particpated in a luncheon with Mayor Manheimer to talk about their service and the meaning it has on the Asheville community.
Meanwhile, in Hendersonville, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy hosted a Mayor's Day event highlighting the city's 3 AmeriCorps Programs: Project Conserve, Vista (Through Housing Assistance Corporation) as well as Senior Corps (RSVP, Senior Companions and Foster Grandparents). The day included a reception of members, supervisors and directors sharing stories about each program, a tour of CMLC, and a tour of the Interfaith Assistance Ministry, which hosts RSVP members). Mayor Volk even brought us an official Mayor's Day Proclamation. Click here to see the proclamation!
All in all, it was a fun-filled and informative day. We really appreciated the chance to hear more about other AmeriCorps members as well as inform our mayors about the impact that Project Conserve makes throughout western North Carolina.