November 1 declaration recognizes volunteers who just don’t talk about change, but they work to create it.
Los Angeles, CA, October 20, 2016 — On November 1st, 550 mayors from across the United States will declare “Extra Mile Day” and recognize the difference-making heroes in their local communities. In association with Extra Mile America, mayors in large cities and small towns are making the November 1st declaration. From Kodiak, Alaska to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, mayors will acknowledge the impact of local individuals and organizations who are “going the extra mile” in service and volunteerism in order to serve a need in their communities.
Started in 2009 with 23 inaugural cities, Extra Mile Day has grown exponentially as cities utilize the declaration to recognize the power of the “go the extra mile” message in their communities. Local cities are taking the time to recognize groups such as the Barre Rotary Trash Pickers in Barre City, Vermont. The Trash Pickers, wearing their brightly colored vests and wielding tongs and trash bags, have picked up 7,124 gallons of garbage from the streets since their Thursday night undertaking started five years ago.
In Hickory, North Carolina, Friends of Hickory have collaborated with local businesses donors such as Lowe’s Food, CommScope Telecommunication, and Corning to transform a parking lot into a new community gathering space. The neighborhood park will contain play equipment, outdoor seating, and a splash pad. It will also feature pottery, mosaic tile, a music section, toddler area and a bicycle repair stand.
“All across the country there are awesome people and groups who have taken the ‘go the extra mile’ spirit to heart and are making a difference in a big way,” says Extra Mile Day founder Shawn Anderson. “It’s the teacher who spends after school hours preparing engaging lessons for her students; it’s the volunteer who works the food line serving the homeless; it’s the person who mows the lawn for his busy next door neighbor. There are thousands of ways we can each go the extra mile and make a difference.”
“We all talk about wanting change,” says Anderson. “However, relying on others to make that happen is only wishing for life to get better. Taking personal responsibility and going the extra mile individually is where change will always have the greatest chance of being created.” Anderson concludes, “Extra Mile Day is a small reminder of the power we each have to create change at any time and on any day.”
Company Name: Extra Mile Day
Contact Person: Shawn Anderson, Founder
Country: United States