A new group has been formed to engage citizens in their communities and promote volunteerism. "Cities of Service"
was announced earlier this fall and is comprised of mayors from across the country. Upon announcing the group, the Rockefeller Foundation committed $2 million for the first-ever "Cities of Service Leadership Grants."
The grants will be awarded to ten cities, on a competitive basis, whose mayors have committed to increase the amount and impact of service in their communities. Each recipient city will receive $200,000 over a two-year period for the specific purpose of hiring a Chief Service Officer, an individual who will lead local efforts on behalf of their city's mayor to develop and implement a comprehensive plan to increase volunteerism.