Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Steuben County: Mayor's Volunteer Recognition Day

BATH – As a member of the Corporation for National and Community Service, RSVP of Steuben County is organizing the fourth annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service, set for April 5. So far, local officials from Steuben County, the cities of Hornell and Corning, the Village and Town of Bath, and the Town of Urbana have registered to recognize the contributions of National Service Volunteers, said Christine Towner, Project Director, Steuben County RSVP. "Local governments are becoming increasingly aware of the power and the value of volunteers. With just an hour or two, the effort from a volunteer can exponentially extend the reach of services to their community and make life so much better for many," she said. "National Service projects, like RSVP, help focus the potential of a volunteer toward agencies meeting critical community needs, and save these agencies a great deal of money in the process." According to Towner, in 2015, Steuben County RSVP volunteers served more than 71,000 hours with more than 60 different agencies, at a savings to the agencies of more than $1.6 million.
"Those savings allow the agencies to direct their funding toward such services like feeding the hungry, educating our children, supporting our military personnel and their families, and much more," Towner said. While RSVP is the predominant program of National Service in Steuben County, it’s not the only one. Steuben also is served by AmeriCorps and Foster Grandparent volunteers as well. "I feel it’s important for local officials acknowledge the commitment their constituents and neighbors have for making their communities better," Towner said. For more information on the event or how to participate, call (607) 664-2392.