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NYC Mayor de Blasio proclaims April 1 as Service Recognition Day

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April 1 will now be Service Recognition Day in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday.

Kevin Cummings, managing director of the New York City Service, presented the proclamation at Friends of Rockaway and St. Bernard Project, where NYC Service volunteers and AmeriCorps members helped Rockaway families whose homes were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy rebuild their homes.

Established in 2009, NYC Service is a citywide initiative that emphasizes the effect of volunteerism and service under the notion that cities can utilize the power of the people to address their key challenges. Nearly 18,000 volunteers have participated in 535 projects as part of NYC Service's Sandy Recovery initiatives.

"We have a wealth of power in our people," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. "The city needs to provide a hub for New Yorkers to find opportunities to serve their communities."

De Blasio also appointed Paula Gavin as chief service officer for NYC Service. Gavin has a variety of experience in the private sector as well as nonprofit sectors, which includes leadership positions at AT&T and the YMCA of Greater New York.

Gavin currently serves as the executive director of the New York City Fund for Public Advocacy, where she played a role in projects such as the GED Campaign to Finish and helping thousands of young adults achieve their High School Equivalency.

"The eight million people of New York City have the world's greatest energy, talent and spirit," Gavin said in a statement. "Each person has much to give and share with others."

The city announced on Monday that it is reallocating $100 million to rebuild all homes destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, regardless of the homeowner's income or current program prioritization through its NYC Build it Back program.

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