Message from the Mayor
Jersey City residents are committed to giving back to their communities. Our residents always remind me of their strong sense of volunteerism and public engagement. In 2012, Super storm Sandy destroyed entire neighborhoods by flooding homes and causing thousands of dollars in damage. Through this hardship, our residents gathered to respond to the needs of their neighbors. They collected and distributed supplies such as food, blankets, and clothes to those in need.
Jersey City is proud to be a part of the Cities of Service Coalition. Made up of more than 200 cities, Cities of Service is a bipartisan coalition that responds to the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act which focuses on important national issues. By prioritizing our most pressing challenges and creating initiatives to solve those challenges, we will tap into the power of high impact volunteerism. We are determined to ensure that every Jersey City resident who wants to volunteer will make a significant impact in our community.
Our initiatives will target some of Jersey City’s most pressing challenges such as:
• Environment and Sustainability
• Emergency Preparedness and Safety
• Youth and Senior Services
With the energy and expertise of our residents, we will collectively work towards these goals:
• Make it easier for residents to access volunteer opportunities in the City
• Encourage service as an essential part of what it means to be a Jersey City resident
• Empower residents to become active in their communities
I am grateful to our community partners who have supported our work. I also want to thank our volunteers for supporting our City initiatives and the work of our non-profit organizations. I want to thank everyone who has worked diligently on our initiatives, as well as those who will continue to provide their support.
I invite you to be a part of the city’s movement to address its most pressing local issues. By leveraging the talents and skills of our own residents, we can improve the well-being of our communities. Whether you are a life-long resident of Jersey City or you have lived here for less than a year, there is no limit to what you can contribute.