Category: Community Service Blog Series

City Leaders Get Things Done. So Do National Service Programs.

In this guest post celebrating Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service, Commissioner Gil Ziffer explains how the proposed federal budget cuts to service programs like AmeriCorps will have a significant impact on cities. This is a guest post by Commissioner Gil Ziffer. This is the first post in a series on the programs

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Creating a Legacy of Service: How to Engage Citizens

This is a guest post by Mayor Dayne Walling, Flint, Mi. This post is part of the NLC Community Service Series, and originally appeared here. With the support of a Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund grant in 2013, Mayor Dayne Walling and the city of Flint, Mi., were able to implement neighborhood revitalization projects

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Love Your Block: How Birmingham Citizens are Transforming Their City, One Block at a Time

This is a guest post by Mayor William A. Bell, Sr., Birmingham, Ala. This post is part of the NLC Community Service Series, and originally appeared here. The office of Mayor William A. Bell, Sr., engaged citizen volunteers and formed partnerships with various local organizations in order to revitalize communities in Birmingham, Ala. (image courtesy

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How Cities Address Tough Challenges Through the Power of Service

This is the first article in a multi-part series from the National League of Cities (NLC), the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and Cities of Service on the national and community service movement and its impact on cities and towns nationwide. “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have

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