The City of Miami, FL has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2010. In 2014, Mayor Tomas Regalado signed the Declaration of Service, reaffirming Miami’s commitment to leveraging resident volunteers as a key city resource. The City of Miami aims to improve the social fabric of the city by working with volunteers to address key issues, including public safety, clean and beautiful neighborhoods, growth and development, education and economic access, culture and recreation, and efficient and effective government. The Mayor’s commitment to increased civic engagement will include implementing Graduation Coaches, a high-impact service strategy in which the mayor’s office equips and supports adults to coach youth toward educational success.
In Miami, Chief Service Officer Raul Hernandez coordinates local volunteer initiatives and synchronizes these efforts with the city’s strategic plan to support the mayor’s vision to improve education indicators. Hernandez aims to enhance volunteer participation by enlisting community partners that can create enthusiasm within their constituencies, identify resources, and engage the community at large.