Mayor Slay Kicks Off Day of Volunteering
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Mayor Francis Slay was on hand at the Stray Rescue on Pine St. this morning to kick off the second annual St. Louis Serves Day across the city.
Slay, along with his wife and dozens of fellow volunteers, walked stray dogs around the city’s blocks. The effort was the first of many stops for Slay and one of nearly 20 projects going on around the city.
“The whole idea is to promote volunteerism,” Slay said. “There’s so many people who have so much energy and so much to offer the community and what we’re trying to do is to get more people, particularly youth, involved.”
Other “done-in-a-day” projects included cleaning up parks and cemeteries throughout the city, delivering compact flourescent lightbulbs, and preparation of an incubator farm for agriculture-based career training at the International Institute on Folsom.
The event was organized was AmeriCorps and the United Way of Greater St. Louis along with Slay’s office. AmeriCorps organizer Chris McLoughlin said the city’s altruistic spirit made the day possible.
“I come from New York and I’ve lived all over and I think people really rally here in St. Louis,” McCloughlin said. “You can see just by the number of volunteers we have today.”
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