On Saturday, Jan.19, Director Kerlikowske, Deputy Director for Demand Reduction David Mineta, and ONDCP staff joined the Baltimore City Mayor’s office, Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, Inc. (BSAS), Rep. Elijah Cummings’ staff, and the Baltimore Recovery Corps’ Peer Recovery Advocates (PRA) to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and answer President Obama’s call to serve in the community on the National Day of Service.
The Director honored members of the Recovery Corps' Peer Recovery Advocates who are working to build stronger communities across the City of Baltimore by providing services and supports to people seeking or in recovery. Following his remarks, the Director presented certificates of appreciation to the advocates and to five individuals who have shown exceptional leadership in helping Recovery Corps members support sustained recovery in the community. The Recovery Corps program is “designed to provide men and women in recovery from substance use with opportunities to ‘give back’ through volunteering to serve as peer-recovery support advocates.” It was launched in spring 2011 as part of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s stepUP! Baltimore volunteer initiative.
After the gathering, Director Kerlikowske, Deputy Director for Demand Reduction Mineta and staff participated in a community clean-up in the Hollins Market and Washington Village neighborhoods, which surround the University of Maryland treatment facility.
President Obama and the First Lady have asked all Americans to serve their communities not only on National Service Day, but throughout the year. To find a service project near you, visit www.serve.org.