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Re-Engage for Good: City Challenge

Broward cities have an unprecedented opportunity to make a significant impact on key issues using an often overlooked and under tapped resource - newly retired boomer professionals.    
Re-engage for Good: City Challenge is a new program from the Community Foundation of Broward that seeks to connect new retirees to high impact service opportunities to address local city challenges.  

The initiative aims to create and/or strengthen sustainable connector systems within Broward cities to help retired boomer professionals find meaningful ways to give back to their communities in retirement.
The Community Foundation of Broward recently awarded grants totaling over $120K to six cities as part of the City Challenge to tap the talents and experience of retired city residents to address local challenges from unemployment to public safety. The City Challenge grant partners include: 
City of Cooper City
City of Coral Springs
City of Fort Lauderdale
City of Sunrise
City of Pembroke Pines
City of Hollywood 
Learn more about the cities’ Service Projects and contact information for those projects below.
The Foundation provided planning grants of up to $5K to these cities and gave them six months and technical support from Bloomberg Philanthropies Cities of Service to help these cities create high impact service plans to connect new retirees to service opportunities within their city.
The application period to apply for grants has closed but if you are a municipality interested in getting involved with City Challenge or you are an individual interested in volunteering in your community, please contact us at 954.761.9503 for more information. 

City Contact Program Description
City of Cooper City
Community Service
Project Manager
Cooper City: Someplace Special. The City will undertake two initiatives: 1) Branching Out with Volunteers and 2) Preserving Cooper City’s Past. Branching Out with Volunteers will train and coordinate volunteers to conduct an accurate inventory of all of the trees the cities in responsible for. Preserving Cooper City’s Past involves re-hauling the city’s historical room and will include the development of a collection of materials related to the city’s history, displaying the collection, and providing educational opportunities to the area’s students.
City of Coral Springs Frank Gross,
Public Works Project Technician
Keep Coral Springs Beautiful. The City’s initiative will address the need to improve the aesthetics of the City and positively impact the environment by addressing the following challenges: 1) beautification and environment protection, 2) litter removal, and 3) reduce litter complaints, restore aesthetics, and protect the environment.  A group of motivated Boomers will administer and organize a litter removal program that involves large numbers of volunteers similar to the Adopt A Street program utilizing registered volunteers from the City’s Volunteer Services organization.
City of Fort Lauderdale
Chief Service Officer
Volunteer Services Network. The Volunteer Services Network has two main initiatives : 1) City Ambassadors will educate community on pedestrian safety and be the friendly face of Fort Lauderdale to visitors utilizing boomer volunteers. 2) The Cross-Generational Mentorship will utilize boomer volunteers as mentors for local students. Program participants will meet weekly at City-designated locations throughout the school year. The new online volunteer management system will serve as an everyday tool to track, schedule, and report on these and other volunteer efforts in the city.
City of Hollywood Sylvia Glazer,
Public Works
Hollywood BEST (Boomers Experience & Skills Team). The BEST Program targets pressing local employment challenges with a clear focus on employment training, outreach, and economic development.  The first initiative, Skills Training, will recruit and train skilled local boomers in the best practices to coach and instruct the underemployed and unemployed residents in career success. The Skills Training involves a six-week program, which will allow an estimated 500 participants to gain access to over instructors and coaches who will provide training and mentoring in career success practices. The second initiative of the plan is a one-day Job Fair that will engage companies and job seekers. 
City of Pembroke Pines

Jay Schecter,
Director, Community Service
Re-engage, Recycle and Reinvigorate our Environment. The goal is a high-impact service strategy to increase recycling, reduce waste and encourage reuse in neighborhoods, condominium associations, HOA’s and multi-family buildings through community-organized volunteer recycle program.  The initiative will focus largely upon training boomer volunteers to be  recycling coordinators in their neighborhoods throughout the City.  
City of Sunrise

Rosemarie Marco,
Assistant Director
Leisure Service
Step Up Sunrise. Step Up Sunrise will engage baby boomer volunteers in an initiative that will assist Sunrise youth to improve their literacy skills and encourage the love of reading. Boomer volunteers will visit one of four targeted 2nd grade classrooms and participate in reading, tutoring, book related activities, assist with our Little Free Library program (Take a Book, Return a Book), and help with administrative tasks related to the initiative.  In order to maximize the number of possible volunteers, transportation to the monthly school visits will be offered to any Sunrise residents in need. 
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