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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 19, 2011

    Mayor, City Council to recognize community volunteers with KC Serves Awards

    Volunteers must submit service hours by Sept. 22 to be eligible for award

    City of Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James and the City Council will recognize the first recipients of the KC Serves Awards on Thursday, Sept. 29 during the City Council Legislative Session.

    KC Serves is a convenient online volunteer database that helps connect residents to service projects that fit with their schedules, abilities and interests. It also allows them to post and recruit for their own projects. Launched in May 2011, the database can be accessed at

    The Mayor and City Council will recognize the hard work of individuals, families and groups who have exhibited an exemplary commitment to volunteerism – measured by the number of service hours achieved over a three-month period. These individuals will receive an award and acknowledgement of their contribution during the legislative session.

    The deadline to register hours for this quarter, reflecting service hours completed between May and July, is Thursday, Sept. 22. Volunteers may register their hours at or email their hours to

    “Following the request President Kennedy made of Americans decades ago, these community servants don’t ask what the City can do for them, but instead ask what they can do for the City,” said Mayor Sly James.

    The awards will be granted based on the following requirements.

    Age divisions:

· Youth: Ages 14 and Under

· Young Adults: Ages 15 – 25

· Adults: Ages 26+

    The Kansas City Award

· Youth: 25 hours or more per quarter

· Young Adults: 60 hours or more per quarter

· Adults: 125 hours or more per quarter

· Family & Groups: 250 hours or more per quarter

    The H&R Block Award

· Youth: 19 – 24 hours per quarter

· Young Adults: 40 – 59 hours per quarter

· Adults: 60 – 124 hours per quarter

· Family & Groups: 125 – 249 hours per quarter

    The Emanuel Cleaver IIAward

· Youth: 12 – 18 hours per quarter

· Young Adults: 25 – 45 hours per quarter

· Adults: 25 – 59 hours per quarter

· Family & Groups: 50 – 125 hours per quarter

    Media inquiries about KC Serves may be directed to Thalia Cherry, director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement, at 816-513-1378 or

    Media inquiries about the Mayor’s Office may be directed to Danny Rotert, director of communications for the Mayor’s Office, at 816-513-6581, or Joni Smith, deputy director of communications for the Mayor’s Office, at 816-513-6582.


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