Our Mission

Our mission is to organize and help residents in our target neighborhoods revitalize their homes and neighborhoods. Residents will apply themselves or nominate neighbors in need, who may not otherwise be able to tackle some of the issues they’re facing with their homes. Our team will work with local businesses, residents, and community organizations to address these needs.

With this being the inaugural year of the program, we want to work to create a sustainable program through volunteer effort and financial contributions in order to keep providing assistance to residents in need. For this first year, we’ll be targeting the Armondale and East End neighborhoods, and we’ll be doing the North End and Jefferson neighborhoods in the summer of 2020. We hope to expand the program to help as many of Hamilton’s neighborhoods as possible.

Love Your Block Initiative

In July of 2018, Cities of Service awarded ten cities with two AmeriCorps VISTA members and $25,000 that will be used for mini-grants and resources to support the efforts of citizen groups and local nonprofits to fight property blight through home repairs, lot transformations, and community cleanups. The program encourages community groups to identify priority projects and develop volunteer-fueled solutions.

In the program’s pilot year, our two AmeriCorps VISTA members will be building the foundation for the Love Your Block program in the City of Hamilton. The initiative works to engage citizens to collaborate with city leaders to create bottom-up change within the community. The connection that Love Your Block forges between city leaders and citizens at the neighborhood level can be one of the most important catalysts for collective action by neighborhood residents. This connection between city officials and citizens boosts the social capital exercised by citizens who plan and implement Love Your Block projects and strengthens social cohesion. Love Your Block is made possible with the help of Cities of Service.

Since 2009, Cities of Service has helped dozens of cities worldwide engage their citizens to help revitalize more than 2,200 city blocks. These engaged citizens have cleaned over 60,000 square feet of graffiti, removed over 5.6 million pounds of trash, repaired over 70,000 square feet of community space, created over 900 art displays, and maintained over 730,000 square feet of public space.

Cities of service

Cities of Service is a nonprofit organization that helps mayors build stronger cities by changing the way local government and citizens work together. Cities of Service helps coalition cities tap into citizen insights, skills, and service to identify and solve critical public problems. Founded in 2009 by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Cities of Service supports a coalition of more than 250 cities, representing more than 73 million people across the Americas and Europe.

To learn more about Cities of Service and the Love Your Block program, visit their website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @CitiesofService.

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