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Cities of Service to Lead First Resilience AmeriCorps in the U.S.

Building Resilience in Cities, Before Crises Occur

The White House Council on Environmental Quality announced July 9 that Cities of Service will help to launch and lead Resilience AmeriCorps this summer, in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers AmeriCorps, and additional federal partners. 

In cities across the country to be announced later this summer, Cities of Service along with federal partners and the Rockefeller Foundation will develop more resilient cities through citizen and resident engagement in local impact volunteering programs that are designed to improve environmental and social resiliency in low-income communities. Led by Cities of Service, Resilience AmeriCorps members in participating cities will serve as local ambassadors and experts in impact volunteering, increasing local capacity and equipping low-income communities to better prepare for and address the risks and challenges associated with climate change.

In conjunction with the Rockefeller Foundation and federal agencies, Cities of Service will select 8 to 12 cities based on local vulnerability, commitment from City Hall to resilience efforts and capacity to host and implement Resilience AmeriCorps in their cities. The program responds to a recommendation made by President Obama's State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to assist vulnerable communities that lack the capacity to address climate-resilience planning and implementation. 

Opportunities

  • An excellent Resilience Project Manager to be based with Cities of Service will lead the day-to-day management of the Resilience AmeriCorps Project. Learn more and apply here!
  • Applications for VISTA members will be posted once participating cities are announced.

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