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For Immediate Release:
April 08, 2014
Media Contact:
Lillian A. Abreu
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786-469-4682

Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez joins nationwide effort to recognize impact of National Service



Picture 1: Corporation for National and Community Service Betsheell Metayer and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. Picture 2: Foster Grandparent Awardee Carole Shervington, RSVP Awardee Clara Miller, Miami-Dade County Deputy Mayor Russell Benford, Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department Director Lucia Davis-Raiford, SCP Awardee Angela Cedeño, Greater Miami Service Corps Member Dario Guerrero and Corporation for National and Community Service Betsheell Metayer.

(MIAMI, April 8, 2014) – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez joined more than 1,760 mayors across the country for the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, a nationwide bipartisan effort that highlights the impact of national service in tackling city problems.

“Volunteer service is a vital resource for our County,” said Mayor Gimenez.  “AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers make our cities better places to live.  As Mayor, I am grateful for the dedication and sacrifice of these citizens, who are helping to make our great County stronger, safer and healthier.”

Mayor Gimenez, the Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department (CAHSD) and over 300 volunteers participated in a ceremony in the Miami-Dade Board of County Commission Chambers, where Mayor Gimenez and Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner presented proclamations to the Corporation of National and Community Service and recognition awards to volunteers.

“National service shows the best of the American spirit – people working together to find community solutions,” said Lucia Davis-Raiford, Director, Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services.  “I want to thank our volunteer service members for their commitment to strengthening Miami-Dade County through service and volunteering.” 

Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department sponsors all three of the Corporation of National and Community Service Senior Corps programs, the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the Senior Companion Program (SCP).   Additionally, the Greater Miami Service Corps in partnership with The Corps Network implements the AmeriCorps Opportunity Youth Service Initiative and AmeriCorps Education Awards program. 

For more information on Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department, Corporation of National and Community Service Senior Corps programs, contact Evelyn Jordan at (786) 469-4521 or for additional information on the AmeriCorps programs contact Deborah Dorsett at Greater Miami Service Corps at (305) 638-4672.