April 1, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 1,750 mayors from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico are standing together in support of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps by participating in the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service tomorrow. Together, these mayors represent more than 110 million citizens or one-third of all Americans.
“Cities of Service is proud to partner with mayors across the country who are harnessing the power of volunteers to meaningfully address specific challenges in their communities,” said Myung J. Lee, executive director of Cities of Service. “We are honored to co-sponsor Mayors Day of Recognition and applaud the mayors who are at the forefront of this important work as well as the citizens who are stepping up to serve.”
Bloomberg Philanthropies’ James Anderson Pens Op-Ed in The Guardian Touting Impact and Spread of Cities of Service
March 3, 2014
Citizens are a great asset and can be an incredible source of creativity and enthusiasm when it comes to solving community problems. However, city governments haven’t traditionally had a good way to harness the power of volunteers. Until now.
Over the past few years, Bloomberg Philanthropies has worked with cities across the United States to launch, refine, and spread Cities of Service — a model that helps local governments match up citizens who want to volunteer with their cities’ most urgent needs.
February 13, 2014
Urban blight is a problem as old as cities themselves – but in the wake of the foreclosure crisis, it has become a national epidemic. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that there are more than 10 million vacant housing units across the country, which negatively affects communities nationwide. Empty structures create a sense of insecurity. Abandoned properties can become havens for drugs, violent crime and prostitution. All of which depress property values and make neighborhood stabilization difficult. Nevertheless, Flint is fighting blight through volunteerism, and the results to-date demonstrate that citizen service can be a uniquely effective tool in making positive and lasting change.