RSVP ceremony

Gov. Tony Evers stands with RSVO and AmeriCorps volunteers during a ceremony in Racine earlier this month.

Gov. Tony Evers helped honor volunteers from Kenosha and Racine earlier this month.

Evers was the special guest at the National Service Recognition Day volunteer recognition luncheon, which recognized volunteers with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and AmeriCorps.

The event took place April 2 at the Covenant at Murray Mansion in Racine.

Evers joined thousands of local leaders across the country in a nationwide initiative to highlight the impact of national service in tackling local problems.

Joining Evers were Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian, Racine Mayor Cory Mason, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave, state Rep. Bob Wittke, state Sen. Bob Wirch, Kenosha Unified School Board members Rebecca Stevens and Mary Modder, and Tawsif Anam from U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s office.

“National service is a vital resource for the Racine-Kenosha area,” Evers said. “AmeriCorps and RSVP volunteers make our neighborhoods better places to live.

“As governor of Wisconsin, I am grateful for the dedication and sacrifice of these exceptional citizens, who are helping make Racine and Kenosha safer, stronger and healthier.”

More than 600 RSVP and AmeriCorps volunteers in Racine and Kenosha are currently donating their time and expertise through senior independent living projects, like Friendly Visitor, Senior Companion, delivering Meals on Wheels to the homebound or helping seniors through Volunteer Transportation services.

In Kenosha, RSVP volunteers mentor students at Kenosha Unified schools and serve as tutors for the Kenosha Literacy Council. Racine RSVP has tax preparation services, and both Racine and Kenosha RSVP have many volunteers at their local food pantries. These are just some of the many volunteer opportunities offered by RSVP of Kenosha and Racine.

National Service Recognition Day is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, with support from the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, and Cities of Service.

As the federal agency for service and volunteering, CNCS annually engages millions of Americans in service at more than 50,000 locations through AmeriCorps and Senior Corps projects: RSVP, Senior Companion and Foster Grandparents.