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Cities of Service
In May of 2011, the City of Davenport became the first city in Iowa to join the Cities of Service initiative. Cities of Service is a bipartisan coalition of more than 100 mayors from across the nation who have committed to work together to engage citizens in addressing critical city needs through impact volunteerism.  The coalition aims to create a vibrant and growing network of municipal governments that effectively leverage citizen service as a reliable, viable tool to achieve measurable impact on pressing local challenges. By accelerating the service movement at the most local level-connecting local needs to the supply of willing volunteers in innovative and impactful new ways-Cities of Service aspires to create a new chapter in America's longstanding history of service while making local government more effective.

Each coalition member has made a commitment to advance service strategies in their own city by crafting a high-impact service plan.  Davenport's plan is currently in progress and focuses on working with community partners to leverage volunteerism to improve graduation rates in our local schools.

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