Birmingham, AL

Birmingham, AL

Birmingham has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2010, when Mayor William Bell signed the declaration and committed to hiring a chief service officer. Under the mayor’s leadership and the project team’s hard work, Birmingham is leveraging volunteers to make a real impact in neighborhood revitalization. Partnering with Hands On Birmingham, Home Depot and the Alabama Power Foundation, Birmingham has revitalized 90 city blocks so far this year; moreover, communities undertaking blight elimination and neighborhood revitalization projects showed decreased crime after one year, including 13% reduction in property theft and 16% reduction in auto thefts. Birmingham is currently undertaking a comprehensive planning process for the next round of Love Your Block.

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Neighborhood Revitalization

Love your Block Birmingham

Through Love Your Block Birmingham, thousands of volunteers in the city cleaned over 26,000 square feet of graffiti, disposed of more than 135,000 pounds of trash and debris, and planted over 500 trees. This important work came on the heels of a tornado that devastated parts of Birmingham. In addition to its own city match, the mayor’s office leveraged 25 new sources of private sector funding to help revitalize neighborhoods.

"When Birmingham was announced as one of 18 cities selected for an Impact Volunteering Fund grant in October 2012, this was a major step forward as we move towards a better Birmingham – today and beyond."
Mayor William Bell

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