October 30, 2013 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service released the SERVE Philadelphia 3-Year Progress Report, which outlines the City’s efforts to strategically engage citizens in addressing local challenges, particularly in the areas of education, food security, community revitalization and youth engagement.
“By uniting volunteers from different organizations around common goals, we are maximizing their collective impact and empowering citizens with diverse expertise to invest their time and talent in Philadelphia’s future,” said Mayor Nutter. “This effort has led to truly great things for the City of Philadelphia: thousands of adults coaching high school students to graduation, a significant increase in volunteers working with adult learners, stronger Park Friends Groups, greater collaboration between programs that serve our seniors, and many other volunteer-led initiatives that make our communities safer, stronger and more vibrant.”
Highlights of the report include:
· About 50 AmeriCorps VISTAs serving in City departments have engaged over 10,000 volunteers since 2010 in advancing priority initiatives, including the Mayor’s Graduation Coach Campaign and the PhillyRising Collaborative.
· 70,000 citizens have participated in the annual Philly Spring Clean Up since 2008, clearing more than 8 million pounds of trash and recycling from city streets and neighborhood parks.
· 110,000 individuals have visited www.SERVEPhiladelphia.com since January 2011, 30% of whom return on a regular basis to sign up for volunteer opportunities.
“The success of SERVE Philadelphia is far from the story of a single office or initiative. Instead, it reflects the collective commitment of City departments, working in partnership with Philadelphia’s outstanding non-profit sector and civically minded corporate community, to increase both the rate and impact of volunteer service,” said Catie C. Wolfgang, Chief Service Officer and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service. “Most of all, it is a testimony to the willingness of every day citizens to roll up their sleeves and get to work on the challenges we face as a community.”