Mayors across the country were asked to participate in a second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. In Pratt, Mayor Jeff Taylor signed a proclamation at the regular meeting of the City Commission on April 7.

“Volunteers help make the city grow and save a lot of money for non-profits,” he noted.

Pratt County Retired Senior and Volunteer Program actively engages 101 national service volunteers age 55 and over. They logged an incredible 24,811 hours in 2013, according to RSVP director Tiffany Ailstock. She highlighted some of the contributions:

• 14 volunteers served 603 hours distributing shelf-stable foods.

• 38 volunteers served 5,538 hours providing transportation and peer companionship to help combat loneliness and isolation that is often felt by seniors.

• 24 volunteers served 3,508 hours at the Friendship Meals site that provides meals five days a week to congregate and homebound seniors.