From the horse's mouth... or so to speak
A key part of the Cities of Service programme is strong leadership, which is spearheaded by a Chief Service Officer to identify city challenges, develop and implement service initiatives, and measure impact. Thanks to funding from Nesta and the Cabinet Office, we now have four Chief Service Officers in the UK leading the programme in their cities.
Last year, four US Chief Service Officers – Catie Wolfgang (Serve Philadelphia), Laurel Creech (Impact Nashville), Michael Drake (Little Rock Serves) and Marcia Hope Goodwin (Orlando Cares) – joined us in the UK to share their insights and experience.
Through the blogs Lessons from the US: Partnerships and Are all your ducks in a row?, we have distilled some of the insights they shared with us but sometimes there is nothing better than hearing from the people themselves.
Laurel Creech, Chief Service Officer for Nashville, Tennessee shares how partnering with Cities of Service enabled the city to recover from a devastating storm and 1000-year flood, working with its local volunteers.
Marcia Hope Goodwin, Chief Service Officer for Orlando, Florida shares how the Cities of Service model helped Orlando collaborate with volunteers to help local youth find a path to future success.
Catie Wolfgang, Chief Service Officer for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania shares the massive effort under Mayor Michael Nutter to encourage recycling, composting, and waste diversion.
You can hear more about their programmes and download the blueprints for their initatives at citiesofservice.org.