Celebrating Public Service

Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) has been celebrated during the first week of May since 1985. During this week, we take extra time to honor the people who serve our nation as federal, state, county, local, and tribal government employees. More so, we take time to thank all of you that give back to the “greater good” through volunteerism, financial support, and active engagement in civic life. In addition to thanking people for their service, I want to encourage each of you to help create a culture in which we respect the people in these jobs and value their work. In whatever way we can, let’s advocate to treat each other well.

We all have witnessed firsthand the impact of “the great resignation" -- we’re losing people in public service at an unprecedented rate. Moving forward this week, I encourage you to take some time to encourage public service and celebrate public service careers. Allow yourself to be reminded of the good in our community and those who make it all happen, whether that’s you, your neighbors, or your friends.

Need ideas? Here are a few low-cost ideas to get you started in your community:

  • Send thank you notes or treats to public employees (like teachers, firefighters, or public works employees)
  • Teach your students or children about the variety of public service career options, especially those mentioned less often (like oceanographers, astronauts, or scientists) – use these activity sheets! 
  • Do you manage or own a local business? Offer discounts for public servants this week!
  • Show your support on social media – share the PPMC’s posts or get creative and make your own