CITIES OF SERVICE TO AWARD $1 MILLION IN GRANTS TO HELP U.S. CITIES IMPLEMENT HIGH IMPACT VOLUNTEER STRATEGIES
June 11, 2013
Cities of Service today announced a new round of funding available through the Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund, the signature Cities of Service initiative designed to help more cities use “impact volunteering” to tackle pressing local challenges. Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund is designed to allow mayors to effectively organize and deploy volunteers to take on critical projects at a time when municipal budgets and resources are tight.
June 11, 2013
The city of Nashville experienced a historic flood in 2010 – the fourth-largest non-hurricane disaster in U.S. history. More than 10,000 private properties were affected, and the city suffered over $2.1 billion in damages. To meet this unprecedented challenge, we leveraged all resources available to us – including the willingness of our fellow citizens to lend their time and talents to rebuild and revitalize our community. The flood may have brought challenges, but it also brought opportunities. It brought our city together.
Nashville’s ability to respond and recover was aided, in large part, by a culture of service that we had adopted through our involvement in Cities of Service and our city’s own Impact Nashville.
May 24, 2013
After joining the Cities of Service coalition in 2010, the City of McKinney, TX identified home revitalization as its most pressing challenge to be addressed by resident volunteers, citing the city’s aging housing stock. Through a diverse, city-led, coalition, volunteers improved 30 homes in the program’s first year.