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.