Cities of Service Leadership Map
All members of the Cities of Service coalition have committed to developing “a comprehensive service plan and a coordinated strategy focused on matching volunteers and established community partners to the areas of greatest local need.” The Cities of Service Leadership Map includes all coalition members and highlights those cities that have:

  • Published or publicly announced their service plans
  • Hired a municipal Chief Service Officer, or
  • Launched Impact Initiatives in key areas, such as Education and Youth, Health, Neighborhood Revitalization, Preparedness and Safety, Sustainability, and Veterans.

Member cities that have completed service plans, hired Chief Service Officers, or launched Impact Initiatives in any of the above-mentioned categories or in other areas should email For an Impact Initiative to qualify, it must be part of a city’s published or publicly announced service plan, it must be run through or in strong partnership with the Office of the Mayor or an appropriate city agency, and there must be clear metrics and goals established to evaluate success and impact.

The Cities of Service Leadership Grants provide recipient cities with $200,000 over a two-year period to hire a Chief Service Officer, a senior city official dedicated to developing and implementing a citywide plan to increase volunteerism and target volunteers to address their city’s greatest needs.

The winners of the first round of Cities of Service Leadership Grants, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, were announced on January 18, 2010, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The 10 recipient cities are as follows:

Due to the extraordinary response to the first round of grants, a second round of Cities of Service Leadership Grants is being funded jointly by the Rockefeller Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The winners of the second round were announced on June 30, 2010 at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service. The 10 recipient cities are as follows:

Cities of Service-AARP Volunteer Chief Service Officer Initiative
Through this collaboration between Cities of Service and AARP, coalition members with less than 125,000 residents have been given the opportunity to appoint highly skilled volunteers to serve as Chief Service Officers for one year, many of whom come from AARP’s membership. In addition, participating cities receive a $5,000 Recognition Award from AARP and technical assistance from Cities of Service to develop and implement their high-impact service plans. The seven cities that have launched plans through this initiative are as follows:

Additional coalition members have also launched high-impact service plans. They are: