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      Flint mayor recognizes local service programs

      Behind the blight and the crime and all of Flint's perceived challenges there's an army of every day volunteers working to strengthen the community. That??s why Mayor Dayne Walling joined a dozen community leaders Tuesday to recognize the work that??s often overlooked.

      ??With everything we're facing, we want more people to step up,?? Walling said.

      Walling joined more than 800 mayors across the country for the first National Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, putting the spotlight on national service programs, such as the Boys and Girls Club.

      Bob Nelson, newly-named executive director for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint, said, "There are so many great programs, there's so much great national service that happens in Flint and Genesee County, that I think it's important that people are aware of that."

      The club serves about 1,800 kids and up to 120 per day. Programs are largely supported by volunteers.

      The need for volunteers continues to grow as Flint and other cities are afflicted with police and service cuts and perpetual budget constraints. The only real job qualification is a heart to serve.

      The following agencies are looking for volunteers:

      Flint Police Activities League - http://flintpal.org/

      Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint - http://www.bgclubflint.org