A local mayor honored three AmeriCorps members during the Mayor’s Day of Recognition.

AmeriCorps Senior Corps members Betty Schaub, Brian Schleicher and Susan Nelson were recognized April 1 with a proclamation by Van Buren Mayor Bob Freeman for their work at Crawford County Volunteers for Literacy.

Crawford County Volunteers for Literacy participates in the AmeriCorps – Arkansas Reads program, said Dee Carroll, CCVL director.

"We have three members on staff and their purpose is to provide our local literacy council with dedicated volunteer efforts," Carroll said.

All three volunteers recruit students and volunteer tutors, train tutors, assess students and match them with tutors, and themselves tutor students in basic literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) at the CCVL, located on Main Street in Van Buren.

Freeman honored the three by proclaiming April 1 National Service Recognition Day in Van Buren and speaking on their impact in Crawford County.

"You really are making a difference in people’s lives," Freeman said.

Freeman acknowledged that it was individuals such as Schaub, Schleicher and Nelson that give meaning to Van Buren’s recognition as a Volunteer Community of the Year.

Mayors from across the country participated in the April 1 day of recognition to highlight the impact of national service in their cities and thank individuals who serve.

This was the second year for the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, in which leaders highlighted the impact of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs.

Across the nation, 1,760 mayors participated in this year’s event, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service.

National service programs bring immense benefits to American communities, according to a CNCS media release.