Cities of Service is expanding disaster preparedness in seven cities across the US through the Prepared Together Program.
Made possible with generous support from the Walmart Foundation, Prepared Together cities engage citizen volunteers in initiatives that better prepare the city for disasters. Each of the selected cities receives a $25,000 grant, high-touch consulting services, programmatic support, and two AmeriCorps VISTA members for one year.
Prepared Together AmeriCorps VISTA members are embedded in city halls and serve as local preparedness ambassadors and experts in Impact Volunteering — a Cities of Service strategy that engages citizen volunteers to identify and solve public problems alongside municipal government. The VISTAs increase local capacity and equip low-income communities to better prepare for, handle, and recover from disasters, including extreme weather events.
"This grant will make Hoboken a more sustainable and resilient community by providing green jobs training for low-income residents and high school students, while helping us expand and maintain our green infrastructure."Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Hoboken, NJ