Philadelphia, February 21, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the second annual Mayor’s Award for Distinguished National Service to recognize the outstanding contributions of a current AmeriCorps member, a current Senior Corps member, and a Recent and Experienced National Service Alumnus living in Philadelphia.
“National service is vital to the success of our city,” said Mayor Nutter. “AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members provide a cost-effective resource for stemming the drop-out crisis, engaging at-risk youth, enhancing environmental sustainability, and community revitalization. The significant contributions of National Service alumni are felt across our great city as AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members transition into important roles in their communities and the workplace. Together, they are essential to what makes Philadelphia great.”
Each of the four award winners will receive four free tickets to a Phillies game in the Mayor’s Box and will have their names engraved on a plaque to be placed in or around City Hall. The top five finalists in each category will be invited to join the winners at a Professional Networking Luncheon in May, hosted by Richard Negrin, Deputy Mayor of Administration and Coordination, and Managing Director of the City of Philadelphia.
Nominations for this year’s awards ceremony will be accepted until Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 and the winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 during an awards ceremony at City Hall to mark the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. Anyone may submit one or more nominations, including current and former national service members, program staff and board members as well as members of the general public. Self-nominations will also be accepted. A committee of the Mayor’s Executive Team will identify the top nominees in each category and present them to the Mayor for final selection.
Last year, 832 Mayors representing nearly 100 million citizens participated in the inaugural Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service.
Last year’s award winners were: Ms. Rosa Thomas for Distinguished SeniorCorps service for her work with the Foster Grandparents Program, Ms. Dominque Brown-Rasley for Distinguished AmeriCorps Service for her work with YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter High School, Mr. Alexander Peay for Distinguished Contributions to the City of Philadelphia by a Recent Alumni for his work with City Year Greater Philadelphia and Rising Sons, and Ms. Wyneshia Foxworth for Distinguished Contributions to the City of Philadelphia by an Experienced Alumni for her work with City Year Greater Philadelphia.
Further information, including the nomination form, is available at www.SERVEPhiladelphia.com. In addition, a paper nomination can be picked up and submitted to the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service, Room 112 of City Hall.