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Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue signed a proclamation at a gathering at Blackfoot City Hall Tuesday morning proclaiming April 9, 2013 as the "Mayor's Day of Recognition for Volunteerism and National Service."
Volunteer representatives from about 20 non-profit service organizations from the community gathered for the signing which was coordinated with the help of Henry Henscheid of Blackfoot. He volunteers on the Serve Idaho Commission, a division of the idaho Department of Labor, encouraging volunteerism around the state.
Upon signing the proclamation, Virtue described local volunteers as "unsung heros who don't seek the limelight but simply do what they need to do for the good of the community."
"Hundreds of Blackfoot citizens devote thousands of hours every year to the welfare of other in the community enhancing the safety, security and quality of life in our community," he added.
"The last few years [serving as Blackfoot's mayor] has sensitized me to the importance of volunteerism, On behalf of the City and myself, I extend extreme gratitude for your service," Virtue told the room full of volunteers.
"There is a need in the community for others to see the work that you do and for you to see the work that they do. This is part of what today's gathering is about," Henscheid added.
Virtue promoted a round of applause when he announced that "Idaho is ranked second among the 50 states (second only to Utah) for volunteering and civic engagements according to the 'Volunteering and Civic Life in American' report" released last December.
Groups represented at the proclamation signing included: Boy Scouts of America, Blackfoot Performing Arts Center, Community Dinner Table, Blackfoot Senior Citizens Center, Citizens on Patrol, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Southeast Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA), Dawn Enterprises, Bingham County Crisis Center, Southeast Idaho Public Health, Girl Scouts, Bingham Master Gardeners, Blackfoot Rotary Club, Bingham County Historical Society, Foster Grandparents, United States Air Force/Veterans Association, Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA), and Blackfoot Lions Club,
"This matters. What you do matters. What you do makes a difference. Thank you all for what you do," Henscheid concluded.
For more information on volunteerism go to VolunteeringinAmerica.gov or serveidaho.gov.