U.S. Rep. Moulton Calls for Commitment to National Service

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Congressman Moulton with Build Day volunteers

Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) called for a stronger national commitment to service opportunities, particularly for lower income youth like those in YouthBuild programs, in remarks to more than 300 local volunteers for the revitalization of four low-income neighborhoods in Massachusetts’ North Shore for the Fourth Annual Community Build Days on Friday.

“At the local, state, and national level, we have an opportunity and responsibility to make a stronger commitment to expand service opportunities,” said Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA). “Organizations right here in Massachusetts are doing just that. I’m grateful to programs like YouthBuild that are working each day to provide service opportunities, job skills, and leadership training for lower income young people in their own communities. It was great to be a part of Community Build Day here in the Sixth District with my team.”

Led by YouthBuild North Shore, STAND, and the North Shore CDC, Community Build Days bring together North Shore residents, businesses, and other volunteers—including 20 from Congressman Moulton’s team—to rebuild their local communities. On Friday, volunteers worked together on landscaping and neighborhood clean-up in Lynn, and sanded and repainted porches and ramps, mulched a play area for Citizens for Adequate Housing, and built a parade float for Peabody’s Centennial Parade in Peabody.

At the Community Build Days, Congressman Moulton spoke to volunteers in Peabody and Lynn about the importance of national service. His remarks follow a recent Service Year Challenge to Presidential candidates, calling on elected leaders to offer every young American the opportunity to complete a service year.

YouthBuild North Shore is one of over 260 local YouthBuild programs in 45 states and the District of Columbia. At YouthBuild programs in the United States and across the globe, unemployed, undereducated and out-of-school young people work toward their GED or high school diploma, while learning job skills by building affordable housing and other community assets in their neighborhoods and engaging in community service and leadership training. Graduates leave prepared for success in postsecondary education, careers, and registered apprenticeships— and as a part of a strong and supportive global community.

Last month, volunteers participated in local Community Build Days in Salem and Beverly.