MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Local seniors agree that over the past few months, Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas has been working to bring a softer image to City Hall by encouraging senior citizens to help the city by volunteering their services.
According to the seniors, the results have been great and government is becoming more welcoming and seniors have been signing up to help out with some of the day-to-day tasks that occur in the mayor’s office.
“It’s a great idea to expand this senior program across the building. We all have a role to play in making our city great and I really appreciate the opportunity to share my experiences with others. Mount Vernon is a special place and it’s good to see our Mayor taking care of the seniors," said retired Mount Vernon teacher Donna Marable.
As part of the effort, seniors will also be welcoming people into City Hall to create a friendlier atmosphere. To date, the outreach and response has been remarkable, with non-profit organizations chipping in to aid in this effort.
“Being involved and engaged” is part of the major theme from Thomas’ office.
One of the senior volunteers, William M. Rodwick, brings more than 50 years of experience as a designer, construction manager, estimating chief, design executive, and quality and safety chief. He is helping empower the Public Works Department by assisting in pavement resurfacing, construction quality control, lighting and electric power, as well as a host of other topics.
“This is what it means to be engaged and to be involved. Our seniors are stepping up to help out in a major way. Our plan is to expand this to every department and have seniors truly involved in improving the operations of City Hall." Thomas said. "I am thankful that they are a part of this administration and will continue to play a role in making Mount Vernon great.”
“I'm very excited to be of assistance in training the Department of Public Works employees to develop their skills and practices," Rodwick said.