In 2018, Richmond was named one of ten winners of the Cities of Service City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Love Your Block competition. Cities of Service awarded each winning city $25,000 to be used for mini-grants and provides ongoing technical assistance and resources to support the efforts of citizen groups and local nonprofits to fight property blight through home repairs, lot transformations, and community cleanups.
Mayor Stoney and Chief Service Officer Paul Manning are engaging citizen volunteers to improve preparedness and safety. Through Volunteer CPR, the City of Richmond has trained 2,000 low-income volunteers in hands-only CPR with the help of qualified medical professionals. In turn, those volunteers committed to training 4,500 others – friends, neighbors, coworkers and family members – in the life-saving procedure. Through this work, Richmond has dramatically increased the number of CPR-trained residents and the community’s ability to respond to sudden cardiac emergencies.
Richmond has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2017, when Mayor Stoney signed the Declaration of Service.
Mayor Levar M. Stoney
Mayor Levar M. Stoney's goal is to build what he calls One Richmond: a city that is welcoming, inclusive, and works for all.
Chief Service Officer Paul Manning
Chief Service Officer Paul Manning increases the quality of life for all Richmond residents through Richmond’s citywide plan to engage citizens. Through Manning’s efforts, thousands of local community members have become better prepared for emergencies and are now certified in CPR.