A group of mayors from around the country, including New York City's Michael Bloomberg, are awarding a new set of grants on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The grants will go to ten cities, and are designed to encourage service in urban areas.
Part of the Edward M. Kennedy Service America Act, the grants will be awarded by the Cities of Service Coalition – a bipartisan group which Mayor Bloomberg helped found – and the Rockefeller Foundation. Among other things, they will fund ten Chief Service Officers, who will help develop and implement citywide plans to increase volunteerism. In advance of the announcement in Chicago later today, we talk with Mayor Bloomberg about these new grants and how they may help encourage more service in our cities.