In April 2009, Mayor Bloomberg launched NYC Service, the office tasked with setting a new standard for how cities can tap the power of their people to tackle their most pressing challenges. NYC Service oversees more than 38 innovative initiatives that aim to achieve three overarching goals: making our City the easiest place in the world to volunteer, targeting volunteers to address the city's greatest needs and promoting service as a core part of what it means to be a citizen of the greatest City in the world.
NYC Service meets the Mayor's State of the City pledge for New York City to lead the way in answering President Obama's nationwide call to service primarily by using volunteerism to address the capacity gap at the local level.
A key focus of NYC Service is to heighten accountability within the field and to set a new standard for measuring the impact of volunteerism in addition to participation.
Through its largest initiative, the NYC Civic Corps, NYC Service will help drive volunteer activity to the City's most pressing needs: strengthening communities, helping neighbors in need, education, environment, health, and emergency preparedness. The NYC Civic Corps strategically mobilizes more than 200, full-time AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers, to help build capacity at nearly 60 public and nonprofit agencies throughout the five boroughs.