Public Service Recognition Week: Celebrating the work of civil servants
- By Nathan Abse
- Apr 29, 2021
Public Service Recognition Week begins May 2—marking an annual tradition of a week filled with events hosting and honoring public servants, at the local, state and federal level, for their valuable contributions to society.
All over the U.S., community stakeholders ranging from elected officials—city council members, mayors, governors—as well as other public service organization leaders and the public will be joining in to show appreciation to civil servants of all kinds. As key sponsor and online host of PSRW events, the Partnership for Public Service, notes in a release, the week’s many scheduled activities include “issuing proclamations, hosting award ceremonies, sharing stories of excellence in public service and more.”
“This week is my favorite week of the year,” Max Stier, the president and CEO of PPS, said. “Public Service Recognition Week is an opportunity for all of us to say thank you to the extraordinary public servants who are solving big problems on behalf of our country.”
“There are surely many problems,” he continued. “Whether it’s the pandemic, or global warming, or cybersecurity issues—the list goes on and on, and public servants are on the case across the country. Thank you for the exceptional work you are doing on our behalf.”
“For everyone out there, please join the conversation—to recognize and thank one of your neighbors, friends and public servants in your community. Join the conversation on #PSRW and say thank you!”
PSRW has grown significantly since its founding in 1985, backed by principal organizer PPS as well as, in the federal community, the Office of Personnel Management—and numerous state and local government entities.
Civil servants work steadily on society’s problems, usually behind the scenes and uncelebrated. PSRW is a deserved—and enjoyable—exception to this. You can participate in PSRW’s scheduled celebrations or come up with one of your own to honor a civil servant or government organization. Your part can be something as small as writing a note of appreciation. Major scheduled events are, for the most part, virtual this year—and are available on PPS’s webpages devoted to the week.