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Henry joins call on ‘Extra Mile Day’

– Mayors across the United States, including Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, are recognizing a growing movement that is dedicated to encouraging people and organizations to “go the extra mile” in service and volunteerism.

Today, more than 440 mayors will declare “Extra Mile Day.”

At a time when many are demanding changes in service and opportunity, Extra Mile Day celebrates people and organizations that have chosen to create positive change in their communities by going the extra mile, officials said.

“We all talk about wanting change … happiness … more opportunity,” Extra Mile Day founder Shawn Anderson said. “However, relying on others to make that happen is only wishing for life to get better. Taking personal responsibility and going the extra mile personally is where true change is created.”

Created in 2009 with 23 cities making the inaugural declaration, Extra Mile Day has continued to build momentum each year since.

“It’s easy to complain about everything we see going on around us,” Anderson said. “The ‘go the extra mile’ message, though, gives people an alternative to just throwing their arms in the air and saying ‘I give up.’ Extra Mile Day is a small reminder of the power we each have to create positive change at any time on any day.”

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