The Municipality of Anchorage is looking to hire new employees with a service background.

Tuesday, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced that the municipality has signed on to become an Employer of National Service. That means it will be giving hiring preference to applicants with a community service background, like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni. It’s part of a partnership between cities and the federal government to promote service.

Mayor Berkowitz said helping others is important, and he wants his employees to reflect that culture.

“This is in people’s DNA, it says a lot about their commitment to their community, and working in public service isn’t always an easy thing to do,” Berkowitz said.

As part of the initiative, the State of Alaska will awarded $2 million from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that runs AmeriCorps. The money will pay for new service projects, as well as volunteers.

Since 2014, more than 350 companies have signed on as Employers of National Service.

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