Under the leadership of Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boston has prioritized citizen engagement and volunteerism as key strategies for reducing blight and improving the safety, health, and vibrancy of the city. Boston is one of six cities taking part in the Love Your Block program. Through this program, the city is engaging with citizens to unify neighborhood improvement efforts with initiatives like year-round neighborhood cleanups, the creation of green-spaces, improvements to parks and streets, and public art displays.
Boston has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2010. Current Mayor Martin J. Walsh reaffirmed the city’s commitment by signing the Declaration of Service in 2014.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh
Mayor Martin J. Walsh uses Love Your Block to cultivate citizen engagement among some of the city’s most under-represented neighborhoods and to instill a sense of community pride through block-based projects.
Chief of Civic Engagement Jerome Smith
Jerome Smith currently serves as Mayor Martin J. Walsh's cabinet chief of civic engagement and director of the mayor’s office of neighborhood services. In this role, he advises the mayor on efforts to preserve and enhance the quality of services delivered to citizens.
Senior Adviser Kaira Fox
Kaira Fox is the senior adviser to the chief of civic engagement and program director for the implementation of the Love Your Block program in Boston.
What's Happening in Boston
Love Your Block
Through its service plan, the City of Boston is connecting its citizens to government to enhance public spaces and boost levels of citizen engagement. Love Your Block is the service plan’s hallmark initiative. With Love Your Block, the city empowers citizens to improve their neighborhoods through projects that address local challenges. Neighborhood groups develop revitalization projects and apply for mini-grants from the city. The city then supports the neighborhoods and their citizen volunteers in completing these projects, such as year-round community cleanups and shared tool sheds.
pounds of garbage collected and removed from 183 lots and public parks by citizen volunteers from 2015 to 2017
“Cities of Service will help Boston residents and local government work together to enhance public spaces, improve the health and overall well-being of local communities, and boost levels of civic engagement.”
Mayor Martin J. Walsh