About Us

Cities of Service is a national nonprofit organization that supports mayors and city chief executives in their efforts to engage local communities and residents, identify challenges, and solve problems together.

We work with cities to build city-led, citizen-powered initiatives that target specific needs, achieve long-term and measurable outcomes, improve the quality of life for residents, and build stronger cities.

An independent, nonpartisan organization, Cities of Service was started in 2009 by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Today, the Cities of Service coalition is comprised of over 215 cities in the US and UK, representing nearly 55 million people in 45 states, and more than 10 million people in the UK.

Cities of Service is changing the paradigm of how government and its citizens work together to bring tangible change, build a community of trust, and create stronger and more vibrant cities with bright futures.



Mayors and other city executives are the champions of the Cities of Service approach. Through strategic engagement with their communities, they are able to activate volunteer-based resources to address urgent needs.


Communities consist of a diverse set of stakeholders—including residents and city employees—all of whom are equally invested in the strength of their neighborhoods. Together, these citizens take ownership of what matters most to them and are given the tools to achieve positive results. Through this process, they become heroes in their own communities, building lasting connections to city hall.


Our approach creates an authentic civic infrastructure of engagement that builds stronger cities, better able to withstand ongoing challenges, natural and manmade.


We are supported by a network of national and local partners who collaborate with us to engage citizens through community-specific interventions.


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