||Tomorrow, Orlando Mayor Dyer will join Orange
County Library System Board President Rich Maladecki and various
other community leaders in launching the first two of five
programs of the City’s ORLANDO CARES initiative. ORLANDO CARES
is a high-impact service plan with programs that promote youth
crime prevention and youth educational enhancements.
The two programs launching tomorrow include Mayor
Buddy’s Book Club and COMPACT Expansion. The other three
programs launching later this spring include Preschool
Ambassadors, The Garden, School Turnaround Project – Interfaith
Volunteer Pilot and Path Finders. A full description and
more information on each ORLANDO CARES program is
ORLANDO CARES is the City’s high-impact
service plan made possible through a $200,000 Cities of Service
Leadership Grant awarded to Orlando in June 2010, funded jointly
by the Rockefeller Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. This
grant enabled Orlando to hire a Chief Service Officer who is
responsible for developing and implementing the high-impact
service plan. This plan builds on existing volunteer programs
and aims to engage more residents, businesses and community
groups in service efforts that address the City’s priorities of
youth education and youth crime prevention.
Through the grant, a Mayor’s Service Advisory
Council was created in the fall of 2010, made up of hundreds of
key community partners and stakeholders, who designed the
ORLANDO CARES programs through a collaborative process. The
advisory council will continue to be involved in the initiative,
providing feedback, making recommendations and assessing
progress throughout the programs.
EXISTING CITY OF ORLANDO SERVICE PROGRAMS:
Mayor’s Matching Grant Program:
The Mayor’s Matching Grant program provides funding to local
organizations who involve volunteers to implement or expand programs
that engage youth in positive activities and educational opportunities
including mentoring, creative arts, culture, career exploration and
Mayor’s Community Service Work-Alongs:
As part of the City’s Strengthen Orlando plan, Mayor Dyer transitioned
his series of work-alongs to focus primarily on community service.
Through leading by example, the City is encouraging citizens to get
involved and continually give back to their community.
CITIES OF SERVICE:
About Cities of Service
Founded in New York City on September 10, 2009 by 17 mayors from cities
around the nation, Cities of Service is a bipartisan coalition of mayors
who have committed to work together to engage citizens in a multi-year
effort to address pressing city needs through impact volunteerism. The
coalition includes more than 100 mayors, representing more than 49
million Americans across the nation.
Cities of Service supports mayors to leverage citizen
service strategies, addressing local needs and making government more
effective. All Cities of Service efforts are characterized by a concept
called “impact volunteering” – volunteer strategies that target
community needs, use best practices, and set clear outcomes and measures
to gauge progress.
About Cities of Service Leadership Grants
In June 2010, the second round of Cities of
Service Leadership Grants, funded jointly by the Rockefeller Foundation
and Bloomberg Philanthropies, were awarded to Austin, TX; Atlanta, GA;
Baltimore, MD; Baton Rouge, LA; Chula Vista, CA; Houston, TX; Little
Rock, AR; Orlando, FL; Pittsburgh, PA; and Richmond, VA. As with the
first round, these two-year grants enable cities to hire Chief Service
Officers responsible for developing and implementing high-impact service
The first round of Cities of Service Leadership Grants, funded by the
Rockefeller Foundation, were awarded in January 2010 to Chicago, IL;
Detroit, MI; Los Angeles, CA; Nashville, TN; Newark, NJ; Omaha, NE;
Philadelphia, PA; Sacramento, CA; Savannah, GA; and Seattle, WA. These
ten cities launched high-impact service plans in September 2010.
The first high-impact service plan was developed by New York City Mayor
Michael R. Bloomberg when he created NYC Service and hired the nation’s
first Chief Service Officer in 2009.
More information about the coalition can be found at