Richmond, CA Receives Impact Volunteering Fund Grants!

December 10, 2013, New York, NY – After receiving a record-number of applications, Cities of Service today announced that $1 million were awarded to 23 U.S. cities in the second round of funding from the Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund. Mayors will use the funds to implement "impact volunteering" strategies that tackle pressing local challenges.

Grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 will support efforts in Allentown, PA; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Birmingham, AL; Buffalo, NY; Campton Hills, IL; Charleston, SC; Fall River, MA; Flint, MI; Hartford, CT; Hayward, CA; Kalamazoo, MI; Kansas City, KS; Louisville, KY; Mesa, AZ; Milwaukee, WI; Nashville, TN; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Richmond, CA; San Jose, CA; Utica, NY; and Washington, DC.

"With over 180 mayors in the Cities of Service coalition, the U.S. is experiencing a wave of volunteerism that is helping to address pressing local issues. By channeling the willingness of citizens to help each other – and we all have something to give – local governments are finding new ways to improve the lives of their citizens," said New York City Mayor and philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg. "The Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund accelerates this impact by supporting and spreading impact volunteering across the country."

More than 60 mayors applied for Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund grants to support the implementation of nearly 90 initiatives. The impact volunteering model focuses on targeting community needs, using best practices, and setting clear, measurable outcomes to gauge progress.

Cities that received first round funding in October 2012 already have shown success leveraging volunteers across a range of issue areas. For example, Fall River, MA created its first urban tree farm to support ongoing revitalization efforts; Austin, TX surveyed 10% of city-owned land to identify invasive plant species for removal to protect the local environment; and Little Rock, AR is engaging more than 3,000 elementary school students in a comprehensive anti-obesity and healthy eating initiative to improve health outcomes.

Grantee cities were selected based on the quality of initiative proposals, scale and potential for impact, and caliber of implementation plans, among other criteria.

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