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, selected cities will engage citizen volunteers in initiatives that better prepare the city for natural or man-made disasters. Each of the selected cities will receive a $25,000 grant, high-touch consulting services, programmatic support, and two AmeriCorps VISTA members (with the exception of San Leandro) for a one-year program aimed at making cities more prepared.
Through this program, Prepared Together AmeriCorps VISTA members are embedded in each selected city’s municipal government 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. In this role, the VISTAs help increase local capacity and equip low-income communities to better prepare for, handle, and recover from disasters and 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