Cities of Service

Our Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative

berwin park Neighbors:

Our neighborhood of focus this year was Berwin Park. We started in October with a Make a Difference Day cleanup, and ended in June with a neighborhood-wide celebratory block party. Educational sessions for residents were held monthly at the government building along with a community-wide garage sale and bulk-trash pickup._DSC0184

This year our Cities of Service initiative received a national award for its innovation in programming. We’ve teamed up with the Red Cross to install free smoke detectors in residents’ homes. We also partnered with the Little Miami Watershed Network to educate residents on the importance of protecting our watershed.

Check back to see what the next neighborhood of focus will be!


Our volunteers make a difference!

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Every year on Make a Difference Day over 200 volunteers give of their time and talent to assist with the improvement of our neighborhoods. We would like to personally thank all of our volunteer groups and individuals who help make an impact in our community.  You make a difference!

Please join us this year on October 22 as we participate once again in the national Make a Difference Day. Our indoor project will be creating handmade cards for our military who are serving away from their families. The cards will be sent out by the Blue Star Mothers group.

For our outdoor project we’ve teamed up with the Little Miami Watershed Network. Volunteers will be adhering medallions on storm drains to remind citizens to protect our watershed. This is a wonderful service project for those who enjoy the outdoors. It’s a great way to get some exercise and improve our environment at the same time! Please call us at 296-2433 for more information. Volunteers of all ages welcome.

What is Cities of Service?                      Cities of Service - CoS logo

Cities of Service is a national nonprofit that supports mayors to design and implement high-impact service strategies that can be replicated in cities worldwide. Learn more.


Thanks to the Dor-Wood Optimists for our tool trailer we use at every Cities of Service cleanup event.

 Our Neighborhoods

Check out what we’ve done so far in our neighborhoods. View our gallery of photos from our past Cities of Service events and our Impact Reports to see what we have accomplished! View more.




Ohio’s former First Lady assists with our watershed protection project.

Additional Information

Our Community Partners are comprised of many individuals and community organizations joining together to make this initiative a reality. 

Would you like more information about the Cities of Service Initiative? Feel free to contact the Volunteer Office at 937-296-2434 or email us for more information.