March was a busy month for the Cities of Service team. Keep reading for news, upcoming events, and helpful resources for your city. 
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Urban Institute Study Demonstrates Value of
Love Your Block Program

When citizens clean up their neighborhood, they're not just removing things like trash and debris, they're creating things like community pride and social networks. Cities of Service commissioned a study by Urban Institute to better understand how the social connectedness of residents and communities was affected by their involvement in Cities of Service Love Your Block projects and how the effects of Love Your Block projects relate to social connectedness. The study also assesses how residents’ relationships with city officials change because of Love Your Block and how these relationships improve social connectedness and produce measurable outcomes. The study focused on three cities implementing Love Your Block programs: Boston, MA; Lansing, MI; and Phoenix, AZ. 
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AARP Community Challenge 2018

AARP invites you to apply to the AARP Community Challenge for grant funding for “quick-action” projects that can help your community become more livable for all ages. Applications will be accepted from March 21 until May 16 at 5 p.m. ET for small grants to improve housing, transportation, public spaces and other community elements. Last year, AARP funded 88 projects representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Visit to learn more and apply.
National Service Recognition Day
Join the Corporation for National and Community Service on April 3 for the sixth annual National Service Recognition Day! Join thousands of local leaders as they honor AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers by participating in recognition events, issuing official proclamations, and taking to social media in a nationwide show of appreciation. Find out how to get involved here or learn more by exploring the fact sheet below. 
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Where Was Cities of Service This Month?

Barriers and Enablers to Successful Collaboration Panel
On March 14, Executive Director Myung J. Lee joined the Barriers and Enablers to Successful Collaboration panel. Moderated by Megan Sheekey of Bloomberg Associates, city leaders shared lessons learned through failure and practical tips for successful cross-sector partnerships. This panel was part of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative's latest session that took place in New York City.  
Resources & Opportunities
Citizen Engagement with the Changing City eBook
Bang the Table recently published Citizen Engagement with the Changing City, a new ebook that provides insight into the use of community engagement to promote a more inclusive and effective means of city-building. Download it here


Grand Rapids: 3rd Annual Mayor's Greening Initiative 
Join the Mayor's Office, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, and the City's Forestry Department on April 28 for the third annual Mayor's Greening Initiative. Meet your neighbors while planting trees and help the city reach a 40% tree canopy. Register here.  

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