Local mayors recognize service of AmeriCorps VISTAs
by Jennifer Cohron
Apr 14, 2013 | 1540 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cordova Mayor Drew Gilbert signed a proclamation for the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service on Tuesday. Pictured are local AmeriCorps VISTA team leader Amelia Trowbridge, Gilbert and Cordova VISTA Lauren Vance. Daily Mountain Eagle  - Jennifer Cohron
Cordova Mayor Drew Gilbert signed a proclamation for the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service on Tuesday. Pictured are local AmeriCorps VISTA team leader Amelia Trowbridge, Gilbert and Cordova VISTA Lauren Vance. Daily Mountain Eagle - Jennifer Cohron
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Mayor Sonny Posey of Jasper and Cordova Mayor Drew Gilbert participated in the inaugural Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service on Tuesday.

The event was organized by the Corporation for National and Community Service to mark the impact of AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers.

AmeriCorps VISTAs are currently at work in both Jasper and Cordova.

In Jasper, Jenny Sayles is working closing with retail recruiter Don Goetz to help promote area businesses.

Among Sayles’ projects is a series of events to draw traffic to downtown Jasper on Saturdays.

Posey said Sayles is available to help any merchant in the city.

“She works extremely hard planning, calculating, coming up with activities and functions. We are indeed fortunate to have her,” Posey said.

Cordova native Lauren Gilbert Vance has been assisting the city in its tornado recovery since 2011. She is currently coordination local efforts for the Bo Bikes Bama event.

Rachel Sparkman is the newest memer of the city’s VISTA team.

“Having AmeriCorps VISTAs stationed in Cordova has been a breath of fresh air for me in my short tenure. Their ability to organize, lead, plan, and willingness to take charge has been a great assistance to myself and the city of Cordova in this period of transition and rebirth,” Gilbert said. “I firmly believe that we would not be at the progress point at which we currently find ourselves without the help of people like Lauren and Rachel.”

More than 830 mayors from all 50 states took part in the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service.

CNCS annually engages more than five million citizens in service in 8,500 cities across the country through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other programs.

“It is a testament to the effectiveness of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs that nearly one-third of Americans will have their mayor participating in this first-ever Day of Recognition,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “We’re proud to stand with this bipartisan group of mayors. These leaders are shining a bright light on the impact of AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers as they improve neighborhoods and transform lives across the country.”