Cities of Service - Mayor's Council on Service


Registration begins for Mayor's Youth Summer of Service
The Mayor's Youth Summer of Service is a series of service-learning projects especially designed for teens through the month of June. Sign up at

Mesa kicks off Love Your Block with $25,000 grant from Cities of Service
Join the Mayor, members of the Mesa City Council and HandsOn Greater Phoenix as we kick off Love Your Block by priming and painting the exterior of a Mesa resident’s home. Carlota has lived in her home for more than 28 years and faces physical and financial limitations while helping raise her grandchild. The kickoff is Saturday, March 22 at 8 a.m. If you are interested in being a volunteer sign up at

Mesa awarded $25,000 Cities of Service grant to implement "Love Your Block"
After receiving a record-number of applications, Cities of Service announced that it has awarded $25,000 to Mesa to implement a service initiative designed for neighborhood revitalization. Mesa is one of 23 U.S. cities to win a Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund grant, which supports mayors who are implementing "impact volunteering" strategies that tackle pressing local challenges.

Background: Cities of Service
Mesa demonstrated its commitment to service by signing on as a member of the Cities of Service coalition in December 2009. Founded in New York City on Sept. 10, 2009, Cities of Service is a bipartisan coalition of cities who have answered a call to action which included the recently enacted Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. Coalition members, by signing a Declaration of Service, will work together to lead a multi-year effort to expand community service and volunteerism in cities across the country.

Message from the Mayor:

Residents are empowered through volunteer service and when they take ownership of their city, they are more likely to take care of it in the long run. There is often a perception that government will take care of everything. Communities are not government driven. Communities function best when residents take an active part in making their community a better place to live. Mesa already has an excellent track record of volunteerism. We want to build on that success and provide a focus for the 1000's of service hours that are given. The City can be a facilitator for resources that no one else has. By focusing our efforts we can identify meaningful projects and help bridge the gap between needs and resources. Work will continue with our faith-based community, non-profits, businesses and other stakeholders to help ensure volunteer service is administered in the most effective and efficient way possible.

Mayor's Youth Summer of Service LogoOne of the first programs in this effort was the Mayor's Youth Summer of Service program where Mesa youth participated in service-learning activities during their summer break. These opportunities provided an avenue for young people to develop their roles as active members of the community while learning and having fun. See a presentation made by student leaders in the 2013 Mayor's Youth Summer of Service.


Mayor John Giles 

Office of the Mayor
City of Mesa
PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211


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