Mar 20, 2014

Portland Mayor Proclaims April 1st as National Service Recognition Day


Mayor Brennan, standing, reads the proclamation



Mayor Brennan acknowledges the service of Foster Grandparents, Fran Seeley (shaking hands) and Robert Stewart (behing podium) while Commissioner Susan Lavigne(to left of podium) looks on.


Portland [Maine] Mayor, Michael Brennan began last night’s City Council meeting on a high note, reading a proclamation honoring National Service participants who serve in the city.  Accepting the proclamation was Susan Lavigne the Portland Commissioner on the Maine Commission for Community Service.  In addition, two of the many Foster Grandparents serving in the city spoke briefly describing their service at two local elementary schools and noting its impact on the city’s youth and on themselves.

Foster Grandparents is a Senior Corps program, one of three that together place more 145 individuals with Portland non-profits and other partner agencies.  Opportunity Alliance sponsors Foster Grandparents along with Senior Companions, another Senior Corps program in the city.  The third program, RSVP, is sponsored by the Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging. 

In addition to Senior Corps, five different AmeriCorps programs provide service to the city, LearningWorks AIMS HIGH, Goodwill Industries NNE’s Multilingual Leadership Corps and the REAL School Service-learning Program all support the academic success of local students through a variety of strategies.  FoodCorps and Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters also place members in the city, providing nutrition and food related supports.  Approximately 75 AmeriCorps members serve in Portland each day.

National Service resources also support the Volunteer Center at the United Way of Greater Portland through the Volunteer Generation Fund, helping to build capacity through support of volunteer managers in the city and increase the quality of the volunteer experience for all of Portland’s citizens.