Mission Celebrates Volunteers “Going the Extra Mile” to Make a Difference
LOS ANGELES, Calif., October 30, 2023 – On November 1, in association with Extra Mile America, mayors from over 510 U.S. cities will embrace the Extra Mile Day movement and acknowledge the difference-making impact of volunteers in their community.
At a time when existing budgets are continuously challenged to meet requests for local services, Extra Mile Day celebrates the individuals and organizations who are unselfishly “going the extra mile” and serving and volunteering in their local communities. The vision of motivational author Shawn Anderson, Extra Mile Day was created in 2009 with 23 inaugural cities. Since then, over 800 cities across America have made the unique declaration and participated.
“There are a million amazing people doing a million amazing things in our communities who get too little recognition,” Anderson shares. “My primary intention with creating Extra Mile Day was to clap loudly for these inspiring volunteers who unselfishly add silent value to our communities. On a secondary level, I also wanted to throw a reminder out there to all of us that positive change is created in our own lives whenever we go the extra mile.”
Anderson, a seven-time author, continues: “Going the extra mile happens in hundreds of ways. It’s the person who picks up groceries for her neighbor. It’s the superstar employees giving their jobs all they have. It’s the exhausted parents who still find their best energy to help their kids with homework. It’s the kind heart who helps the lost pet find a home. It’s us finding the energy to still get to the gym after an exhausting day at work.”
Anderson concludes: “I love the ‘go the extra mile’ message. It has the unique power to impact everything about our lives. I’m so grateful there are hundreds of mayors supporting Extra Mile Day who believe the same. I am even more appreciative of the inspiring volunteers across America whose stories keep me walking my own extra mile steps daily.”