Cities of Service is a growing movement among mayors, as demonstrated by the size, breadth, diversity, and impact of the coalition. Coalition cities are seeing positive outcomes from using citizen service to address key challenges in education, health, neighborhood revitalization, preparedness, safety, and sustainability.



  1. 87% of event waste was diverted from landfills during the Philadelphia marathon as part of Mayor Nutter’s Waste Watchers Initiative.
  2. Under the leadership of Mayor Dayne Walling, volunteers in Flint, Michigan have revitalized 75 city blocks; cleaned and maintained 200 blighted properties; removed 2 million pounds of yard waste and trash; created 40 green spaces and community gardens; and cleaned 17,000 square feet of graffiti through the Love Your Block initiative.
  3. Through its Change for Chestnut initiative, Nashville volunteers provided energy efficient upgrades in more than 100 homes of low-income residents in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood, reducing annual energy use and costs by an average of 4,619 kilowatt hours and $454 per home. The initiative also reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 4,185 pounds per home per year.