Answering a call from President Obama’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, the Resilience AmeriCorps program recruits, trains, and deploys AmeriCorps VISTA members to strengthen climate-resilience planning and implementation in vulnerable communities.
In early 2016, Cities of Service – in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), and numerous federal partners—launched the first Resilience AmeriCorps VISTA program in the country. The Cities of Service Resilience AmeriCorps VISTA program provides a $25,000 grant, two AmeriCorps VISTAs, and program consulting services to ten US cities for a two-year period, supporting the development of impact volunteering initiatives that engage community residents to improve resilience in low-income neighborhoods.
Cities of Service Resilience AmeriCorps VISTAs are embedded in each city’s mayoral offices and serve as the city’s ambassadors for resilience related impact volunteering programs in the community. In this role, they help increase local capacity and equip low-income communities to better prepare for and address numerous risks and challenges, including those associated with climate change. The ten grantee cities were selected based on regional and local vulnerability, commitment and progress to date from mayors on resilience efforts, and city hall capacity to host and implement Resilience AmeriCorps VISTAs in their cities.