Poor air quality and safety concerns contribute to the health outcomes and disparities among some Richmond citizens. The City of Richmond is one of six cities taking part in the Love Your Block program. Through this program, the city is engaging with citizens to revitalize public spaces and improve the wellbeing of residents. Richmond is also working to strengthen ties between city leaders and citizens, improve neighborhood safety, and develop a community fueled by citizen volunteers.
Richmond also participated in the Bay Area Impact Volunteering program, through which it expanded the capacity of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) to visit and train people with disabilities.
Richmond has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2012, when former Mayor Gayle McLaughlin signed the Declaration of Service. Current Mayor Tom Butt reaffirmed the city's commitment to service by signing the Declaration again in 2015 .
Mayor Tom Butt
Tom Butt was elected Mayor of Richmond in November of 2014. His mayoral priorities include establishing an urban agriculture policy, connecting youth with job opportunities, and keeping crime low. Mayor Butt regularly highlights the positive role that Richmond's community of citizen volunteers play in achieving the city’s objectives.
Chief Service Officer Rochelle Monk
In Richmond, Chief Service Officer Rochelle Monk harnesses the power of local volunteers to improve the lives of Richmond citizens. Through Monk’s work, great strides have been made toward improving Richmond’s education system and revitalizing neighborhoods.
What's Happening in Richmond
Love Your Block
Through Love Your Block, Richmond is addressing neighborhood revitalization in the North Richmond and Parchester Village neighborhoods. With this program, the city funds local projects and supports citizens by encouraging partnerships with city officials, city services, local organizations, and community members. Neighborhood groups develop local revitalization projects and then apply for mini-grants with the city. Common citizen volunteer-led local projects include vacant lot cleanups, litter and graffiti removal, tree planting, and community gardens.
Bay Area Impact Volunteering
Through the Bay Area Impact Volunteering program, Richmond expanded the capacity of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) to visit and train People with Disabilities and others with Access and Functional Needs (PWD AFN), a group that has historically suffered disproportionately during disasters. Volunteers worked one-on-one with 2,000 PWD AFN people to create emergency plans, build trust, and create formal support networks. This greatly improved this population’s disaster resilience.
pounds of garbage removed by citizen volunteers from 21 lots and public parks between 2015 and 2017