In early 2016, Cities of Service—in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and numerous federal partners—launched the first Resilience AmeriCorps VISTA program. The program recruits, trains, and deploys AmeriCorps VISTA members to strengthen resilience planning and implementation in vulnerable communities.
Through this program, Cities of Service provides a $25,000 grant, two AmeriCorps VISTA members, and program consulting services to ten cities in the United States for a two-year period. Its aim is to support the development of Impact Volunteering initiatives that engage citizens to improve resilience in low-income neighborhoods.
AmeriCorps members serve in city halls and focus on raising awareness for resilience-related Impact Volunteering initiatives. They engage with citizens to help equip low-income communities to prepare for and address numerous resilience risks and challenges.
The ten grantee cities were selected based on regional and local vulnerability, commitment and progress to date from mayors on resilience efforts, and city hall capacity to host Resilience AmeriCorps VISTA members in their cities.