Cities of Service - Mayor's Council on Service
Registration begins for Mayor's Youth Summer of Service
The Mayor's Youth Summer of Service is a series of
service-learning projects especially designed for teens throught
the month of June. Sign up at
off Love Your Block with $25,000 grant from Cities of Service
Join Mayor Scott Smith, members of the Mesa City Council
and HandsOn Greater Phoenix as we kick off Love Your Block by
priming and painting the exterior of a Mesa residentâ€™s home.
Carlota has lived in her home for more than 28 years and faces
physical and financial limitations while helping raise her
grandchild. The kickoff is Saturday, March 22 at 8 a.m. If you
are interested in being a volunteer sign up at
Cities of Service appoints new executive director to lead major
After an extensive national search, Myung J. Lee has been
selected to serve as the new Executive Director of Cities of
Service - an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Mesa awarded $25,000 Cities of Service grant to implement "Love
After receiving a record-number of applications, Cities
of Service announced that it has awarded $25,000 to Mesa to
implement a service initiative designed for neighborhood
revitalization. Mesa is one of 23 U.S. cities to win a Cities
of Service Impact Volunteering Fund grant, which supports
mayors who are implementing â€œimpact volunteeringâ€ strategies
that tackle pressing local challenges.
Mesa demonstrated its commitment to service by signing on
as a member of the Cities of Service coalition in December 2009.
Founded in New York City on Sept. 10, 2009, Cities of Service is
a bipartisan coalition of cities who have answered a call to
action which included the recently enacted Edward M. Kennedy
Serve America Act. Coalition members, by signing a Declaration
of Service, will work together to lead a multi-year effort to
expand community service and volunteerism in cities across the
Message from the Mayor:
Residents are empowered through volunteer service and when they
take ownership of their city, they are more likely to take care
of it in the long run. There is often a perception that
government will take care of everything. Communities are not
government driven. Communities function best when residents take
an active part in making their community a better place to live.
Mesa already has an excellent track record of volunteerism. We
want to build on that success and provide a focus for the 1000's
of service hours that are given. The City can be a facilitator
for resources that no one else has. By focusing our efforts we
can identify meaningful projects and help bridge the gap between
needs and resources. Work will continue with our faith-based
community, non-profits, businesses and other stakeholders to
help ensure volunteer service is administered in the most
effective and efficient way possible.
of the first programs in this effort was the
Mayor's Youth Summer of
Service program where Mesa youth participated in
service-learning activities during their summer break. These
opportunities provided an avenue for young people to develop
their roles as active members of the community while learning
and having fun. See a
presentation made by student leaders in the
Mayor's Youth Summer of Service.