2014 Service Bowl: Everyone’s a Winner

By Kirsten Franklin-Temple


Earlier this year, the two mayors of this year’s Super Bowl cities made a friendly wager: the winning mayor would host the mayor from the opposing team for a day of volunteer service with AmeriCorps.

Last Saturday, Mayor Ed Murray of Seattle and Mayor Michael Hancock of Denver made good on their “Service Bowl” bet.  The two mayors joined AmeriCorps Director Bill Basl, AmeriCorps members, and staff from the City of Seattle and Serve Washington in a service project at Century Link field, the home of the Seahawks.  The mayors and volunteers held a resume building and interview prep workshop for area teens and young adults. Many of the youth were from the city’s ROOTS Young Adult Shelter, which delivers critical services to homeless young adults age 18-25 and other low-income persons.  AmeriCorps members from across Seattle as well as well Seattle City staff were also paired with youth to share career advice. 

In the afternoon, Seattle Mayor Murray continued the day of service and by serving alongside AmeriCorps members at a Habitat for Humanity build in the Rainier Vista neighborhood.  Check out our Storify to see all the Service Bowl action.  

Kirsten Franklin-Temple is the Alaska-Washington State Director of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and a Seahawks fan.

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