Cities of Service Approach
Cities of Service efforts focus on "impact volunteering"—volunteer strategies that target community needs, use best practices, and set clear outcomes to measure progress. Through comprehensive planning, meaningful partnerships, wide-reaching collaboration, and national advocacy, Cities of Service cities use citizen volunteers to make meaningful change for their communities.
Cities of Service Coalition Benefits
At no cost to the city, coalition members receive targeted training, ongoing programmatic and logistical guidance and support, funding opportunities, print and online resources, potential press and peer recognition for your city. Coalition cities participate together in a community of practice, have access to customized volunteer-matching websites at a highly discounted rate, and are given the opportunity to represent Cities of Service and their cities at regional, national, and international conferences and meetings.
Strong mayoral leadership is key to success for Cities of Service coalition members. If you want to help your residents make real change for your city, please sign the Declaration of Service and join us! By signing the Declaration, Cities of Service mayors commit 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.
- Working with other mayors and elected officials to advance strategies and best practices that accelerate the service movement and produce measurable results.
- Encouraging other mayors to join this national effort to engage our citizens.
- Ensuring that the voice of cities is heard in federal legislative, policy, and program discussions related to service, which will help the country achieve the ambitious goals of the Serve America Act.
For Community Members
If your city is not yet part of the Cities of Service coalition, there are a few simple steps you can take to get your mayor to join. Download the Recruit Your Mayor blueprint, a step-by-step, how-to guide to get all the information you need to make a compelling case to your mayor to make your city a city of service.
Click here to see if your city is part of the coalition.
Download the Declaration of Service
Click here to download the Declaration of Service to join the coalition and send the signed copy to Cities of Service.