Volunteers across the nation are being shown gratitude by the mayors in the communities in which they serve as part of a Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean was at a Rebuild Joplin job site Tuesday morning working along side volunteers and thanked them for their service. She tells News Talk KZRG Joplin wouldn't be where we are today without their help.
"To be where we are now, we couldn't have been here without the help of those volunteers that have come in and done so much for our city. They've done a phenomenal job, and we want show our appreciation and thanks, and mayors across the nation are doing that in their own cities."
Rebuild Joplin's AmeriCorps Program Manager Matthew Holloway tells News Talk KZRG it was nice being recognized since their work can sometimes seem be a thankless job.
"It's great to see that this far out after the tornado of May 2011, that we still have the support from the city and we still have some volunteers from the city of Joplin working today. It's a great gesture, and it's very supportive of what we're trying to accomplish."
Since the May 2011 tornado, Joplin has received more than 1.5 million hours of help from more than 182,000 people; many of which are registered through AmeriCorps.