CITIES OF SERVICE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES LAUNCH FIRST RESILIENCE AMERICORPS IN THE U.S.
Building Resilience in Cities, Before Crises Occur
The White House Council on Environmental Quality announced this summer that Cities of Service will help to launch and lead Resilience AmeriCorps in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service which administers AmeriCorps, with additional support from the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Interested in becoming a Resilience AmeriCorps member? Learn more here.
The cities of Anchorage, Ala., Boulder, Colo., Chicago, Ill., El Paso, Texas, Minot, N.D., New Orleans, La., Norfolk, Va., Pittsburgh, Pa., Phoenix, Ariz., and Tulsa, Okla., will receive technical and financial support to develop more resilient cities through citizen 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 for resilience-related impact volunteering programs that increase local capacity and equip low-income communities to better prepare for and address the risks and challenges associated with climate change.
Cities of Service, its federal partners, and The Rockefeller Foundation selected the cities based on regional and local vulnerability, commitment and progress to date from mayors to resilience efforts, and City Hall 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.
- 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!
- Individuals who are interested in participating as city-based Resilience AmeriCorps members can inquire further via ResilienceAmeriCorps@citiesofservice.org. Applications will be posted at a later date.
Our Partners and Press Announcements
- Official White House Fact Sheet
- The White House Council on Environmental Quality – with the Department of Energy (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- The Corporation for National and Community Service
- The Rockefeller Foundation
Cities of Service's work is made possible with generous funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies.