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Local leaders show their support for national service programs

Plano Mayor Bob Hausler and RSVP volunteer Barry Barnes assist a client at food pantry distribution.
Plano Mayor Bob Hausler and RSVP volunteer Barry Barnes assist a client at food pantry distribution.

Kendall County elected officials participated in National Service Recognition Day by lending a hand at the Kendall County Community Food Pantry.

April 3 was officially designated as National Service Recognition day, a national event sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National League of Cities, and Cities of Service.

Millbrook Village President Jacki Kowalski, Oswego Village President Gail Johnson, Plano Mayor Bob Hausler, and Yorkville Mayor Gary Golinski each delivered a public proclamation recognizing the value of volunteer service in their communities, and each also participated in a volunteer project of their choice during the week, in hopes of inspiring more residents to get involved in their communities.

On Thursday, April 5, Mayors Golinski, Hausler, and Village President Johnson served clients at Kendall County Community Food Pantry alongside AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer Jessica Asselmeier of the Northern Illinois Food Bank, Barb Nadeau, Volunteer Coordinator of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) sponsored by Senior Services Associates, and numerous other volunteers.

“We really appreciate our community’s leaders' commitment to join us each year in service and recognition of the volunteers helping others in our county. We have more than 230 local volunteers participating in service in Kendall County through RSVP, and more than 80 of those volunteers serve right here at the Kendall County Community Food Pantry,” Nadeau said. “This really highlights our focus at Senior Services of helping to maintain healthy futures for our clients, and we are really glad to participate here.”

For more information on volunteer opportunities in Kendall County, contact Nadeau at 630-553-5777, or stop in to the Beecher Center, 908 Game Farm Road, Yorkville.

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