Gov. Rick Snyder honored for support of national service

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Gov. Snyder presented with award

Gov. Rick Snyder honored for support of national service

Voices for National Service calls Snyder ‘remarkable champion’

WASHINGTON – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was selected to receive the State Leadership Award by Voices for National Service In recognition of his support for national service. 

The Michigan Community Service Commission joins the organization and congratulates Snyder on this honor.  

Awards were presented in Washington, D.C. at the 12th Annual Friends of National Service Awards sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal, CSX, Bain Capital, Sankaty Advisors, and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.  Snyder was unable to attend the event, and was instead presented the award by MCSC staff and commissioners during a small ceremony in Michigan.

Click here to see the full list of award winners and details regarding the event held on February 10.

Gov. Snyder joined a bipartisan group of advocates being honored, including Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Patty Murray, D-Wash. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ken., St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Jonathan Lavine of Bain Capital, and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson. 

“Gov. Rick Snyder is a remarkable champion for national service,” said AnnMaura Connolly, Voices for National Service president. “The Urban Safety AmeriCorps program, a national service initiative that Gov. Snyder expanded in partnership with former Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, has helped to reduce crime in Detroit by 44 percent. We are honored to recognize Gov. Snyder for his leadership in bringing more AmeriCorps resources to improve public safety in Detroit, and for his dedicated support for the many national service programs serving the citizens of Michigan.”

“It has been our pleasure to work in tandem with Gov. Snyder to get things done for Michigan and promote national service throughout the state,” said Ginna Holmes, MCSC executive director. “The Governor enjoys serving alongside Michigan residents at service projects and nonprofits around the state, while also promoting our AmeriCorps programs and their accomplishments to help revitalize Michigan.”

Gov. Snyder said he is honored to receive this award.

“Citizen service is a powerful, low-cost solution to serious community challenges,” he said.  “The committed volunteers and national service members serving in communities across Michigan consistently remind me of the significant impact we all can have on the lives of others, and I am proud to support national service programs that are making a great difference in our state.” 

Honorees were selected based on recognition and support for national service as a solution to some of the nation’s most pressing challenges. Each award winner has helped raise public awareness of national service and elevate national service as a legislative priority. 

National service is a cost-effective strategy for engaging citizens, improving communities, and strengthening the nation.  In communities across the country, national service members provide critical services to fulfill unmet needs. National service members tutor and mentor struggling students, help Americans lead healthier lives, provide job training and other services to returning veterans, preserve the nation’s parks and public lands, offer disaster relief and recovery assistance, and support independent living for seniors and Americans with disabilities. For every federal dollar invested in national service, there are returns to society of nearly four dollars in terms of higher earnings, increased output, and other community-wide benefits.

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The Michigan Community Service Commission utilizes service as a strategy to address the state's most pressing issues and empowers volunteers to strengthen communities. In 2014-2015, the MCSC is granting more than $7 million in federal funds to local communities for volunteer programs and activities, including 24 AmeriCorps programs. The Governor’s Service Awards, Volunteer Michigan, and Mentor Michigan are also premier programs of the MCSC. The MCSC is housed in the Michigan Department of Human Services, whose mission is to assist children, families, and vulnerable adults to be safe, stable, and self-supporting.

Voices for National Service is a diverse coalition of national service programs, state service commissions and individual champions, who work to ensure Americans of all ages have the opportunity to serve and volunteer in their community. Founded in 2003, Voices for National Service has built strong bipartisan support among our nation's leaders and helped position national service as a viable policy solution to tackle unmet needs, expand opportunity, and leverage human capital.