Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Join the Public Service Recognition Week Celebration, May 4-10

By: Jason Briefel, for the Public Employees Roundtable

Celebrated the first week of May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is time set aside to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county, and local government employees and the work they do for our country. PSRW is coordinated annually by the Public Employees Roundtable (PER) and its member organizations. This year PSRW will take place the week of May 4-10.

The theme for PSRW 2014 is Proud to Serve. Government employees and leaders alike are encouraged to take the opportunity to communicate the benefits and value of the work they do. Members of the public are also invited to share their appreciation for America’s dedicated public servants.

To do so, PER is conducting a I “Heart” Public Service whiteboard photo campaign and a PSRW and throughout the year. Faces of Government campaign to collect testimonials from government employees and members of the public for sharing on social media during PER is also conducting a Thunderclap campaign with a goal of 500 participants, which will automatically send out a message thanking public servants at the start of PSRW on Sunday, May 4. To help PER spread the word and participate in these campaigns, like them on Facebook, follow on Instagram, and join the conversation on Twitter by tagging posts with #PSRW and/or #Proud2ServeUSA.

Events currently scheduled in Washington, D.C. include the 2nd annual Public Service 5K run/walk on May 4 benefitting the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA), May 6 government employee appreciation day (with discounted tickets) at the Washington Nationals stadium, and a May 8 public service town hall with cabinet secretaries hosted by the Partnership for Public Service.
Other events and celebrations take place all around the country. To share stories of PSRW celebrations in your town or agency, or to find out other ways to get involved contact

PER has developed a PSRW Celebration Toolkit, as well as other celebration resources, including teacher guides, sample PSAs and sample op-eds.

PER is encouraging federal employee organizations and their members, like those of FCN, to join in these PSRW initiatives and to help spread the word about the value of government and to show support for fellow public employees. Thank you in advance for your assistance and participation, as well as for your service to our country.

I “Heart” Public Service whiteboard photo campaign
Faces of Public Service Flyer

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