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City launches KC Serves initiative on May 6

To encourage civic involvement and support its long tradition of volunteer service, the City of Kansas City, Mo., will launch the KC Serves initiative, a new regional volunteer database designed to connect residents to City and community projects.

The launch will take place via press conference on Friday, May 6 at 7 a.m. at the Afrikan Centered Education Collegium Campus school library, 3500 E. Meyer Blvd. Following the press conference, City representatives and businesses will break into teams and complete renovation projects, which include painting locker rooms, computer labs and hallways. More than 150 volunteers are expected to participate from the City of Kansas City, Mo., Target, Transource Computers and Home Depot, among others.

KC Serves can be accessed at Visitors can browse through local volunteer opportunities, register to volunteer, submit their own volunteer project and share their personal story of service.

As a part of the KC Serves initiative, Mayor Sly James and the City Council will recognize those volunteers who regularly contribute their time and talent with one of three awards, determined by the number of service hours performed on a quarterly basis during the legislative session.

"It will be my distinct honor to join the City Council in recognizing those individuals who selflessly give back to our community throughvolunteer service,” said Mayor Sly James. “These volunteers represent our shared commitmentto make Kansas City better,and we are a stronger community because oftheir generosity."

On an annual average, volunteers in Kansas City contributed 34.8 service hours per resident.

“Kansas City residents have an infinite capacity for volunteerism, and we are honored to recognize their hard work and dedication as part of the KC Serves initiative,” said Councilwoman Jan Marcason.

The awards will be named the Kansas City Award, the H&R Block Award and the Emanuel Cleaver II Award. Henry Bloch and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver IIgraciously allowed the City to use their names as part of the KC Serves Award recognitions.They both exemplify extraordinary public service and commitment to the Kansas City community.

For media inquiries or more information about KC Serves, please contact Thalia Cherry, Office of Civic and Community Engagement, 816-377-1832.


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