Illinois Service Commission Executive Director Bodor: Cities of Service Model Critical to Local Success
May 7, 2013
Over the last six months, Serve Illinois, the State Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service, has made it a priority to become the number one state in the nation in number of Cities of Service. The Commission recognizes that service can be a key tool in a city’s toolkit to address pressing local challenges.
Illinois currently leads the nation with 25 Cities of Service – adding 11 new cities since January 2013 alone.
832 Mayors Participate in First-Ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, Co-Sponsored by Cities of Service
April 9, 2013
More than 830 mayors from all 50 states are standing together in support of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs by participating in the first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. Together, these mayors represent nearly 100 million citizens or one-third of Americans.
The first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service is being led by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), Cities of Service, the National League of Cities, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Mayor Nutter spoke about the Day of Recognition this morning during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” CNCS is the federal agency for national service and volunteering that administers AmeriCorps and Senior Corps.
March 14, 2013
In 2010, the city of Nashville experienced record flooding that left much of the area under water. To speed the city’s recovery efforts, Mayor Karl Dean mobilized thousands of volunteers to clear debris from waterways, gut damaged homes, and plant new trees to help prevent future flooding.
Cultivating and harnessing the impact of volunteers became a priority for the city. After co-founding the Cities of Service coalition in 2009, Mayor Dean appointed Nashville’s first Chief Service Officer, Laurel Creech, and launched his city’s first service plan, Impact Nashville, in September 2010.