A winner of the 2018 Cities of Service City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Love Your Block competition, Newark empowers citizens to envision and implement lot transformations and trash cleanups, among other community-building activities. Following the Love Your Block blueprint, volunteer-led efforts bolster low-income neighborhoods throughout the city.
Newark is also one of seven cities taking part in the Prepared Together program. A large part of Newark is covered in impervious surfaces, such as roads and housing developments, which make it particularly susceptible to flooding. In addition, an absence of trees and green space has created an urban heat island effect, warming the city to unnaturally high temperatures. The Prepared Together program engages citizen volunteers to maintain existing green infrastructure as well as plant trees, install rain barrels, and develop cool roofs, all of which will help it become better prepared to face disasters related to extreme weather.
Newark has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2017, when Mayor Ras Baraka signed the Declaration of Service.
Mayor Ras Baraka
Mayor Ras Baraka has lived and worked in Newark for more than four decades. As mayor, his highest priority is public safety and he works to improve the quality of life of all Newarkers.
Chief Service Officer Nathaly Agosto Filión
As Chief Service Officer, Agosto Filión serves as the leading sustainability strategist and helps to make Newark a healthier and greener city. Prior to joining the City of Newark, Filión focused on connecting communities to resilience resources, as well as climate and sustainability training opportunities.