Detroit, MI has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2016. Mayor Duggan signed the Declaration of Service establishing Detroit’s commitment to leveraging resident volunteers as a key city resource. In addition, Mayor Duggan identified impact volunteering as a central strategy for mitigating Detroit’s neighborhood blight. The Mayor’s commitment to increased civic engagement will include integrating impact volunteering into the city's “Blight Strike Teams,” Tax Foreclosure Program, and Motor City Makeover.
In Detroit, Chief Service Officer Victoria Kovari leverages the strength of the Department of Neighborhoods to coordinate all community engagement and volunteering activities in the city, with the intent to reduce blight and prevent crime. Kovari aims to serve as a champion for resident volunteers, a voice for the mayor, a partner to city agencies, and a conduit for businesses and community groups.