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Volunteering

Cities of Service

Every day across our country, millions of Americans take time away from their work, their studies and their families to give back to their communities. Millions more Americans would like to help solve local problems, but are wondering how they can get involved and where they can make a difference.

The Louisiana Cities of Service Program is designed to assist in the improvement of the quality of life within a community, and to establish a commitment to the community from younger citizens with the goal of fostering "Brain Gain" rather than "Brain Drain" after higher education by promoting an ethic of volunteerism and community pride.

Cities of Service is a bipartisan coalition of the mayors of large and small cities from across our country who will work together to engage citizens to address the great challenges of our time. Founded in New York City on September 10, 2009, the coalition and its member cities will respond to the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act's historic call to action by finding new and innovative ways to harness the power of volunteers to help solve pressing local challenges.

Cities of Service will lead a multi-year effort to engage Mayors across the State by:

  • Developing a comprehensive service plan and a coordinated strategy focused on matching volunteers and established community partners to the areas of greatest local need.
  • Working with Mayors and elected officials to advance strategies and best practices that accelerate the service movement and produce measurable results.
  • Encouraging other mayors to join this national effort to engage our citizens.
  • Ensuring that the voice of cities is heard in federal legislative, policy, and program discussions related to service, which will help the country achieve the ambitious goals of the Serve America Act.

For information on how your community can become a City of Service, contact Nicholas Auck at (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 225.342.2038.

In Partnership with:

Americorps LAVCD Louisiana Travel LANO Corporation for National and Community Service