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City plans to announce volunteer initiative

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The city of Savannah plans to launch "Volunteer Savannah: A city that serves" on Thursday morning. 

The city will launch the initiative during the United Way Hands on Savannah's "Days of Service." The announcement take place a volunteer cleanup project at the West Broad Street YMCA, 1110 May St., at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Volunteers will plant trees and shrubs, create a new pathway and more at the West Broad Street YMCA. It is sponsored by Hands on Savannah and the Home Depot.

The volunteer project is part of Hands on Savannah's "Days of Service," which offers a number of volunteer opportunities across the community through Oct. 2.
 
During Thursday's event, Savannah Mayor Pro Tem Edna Jackson will lead a ceremony announcing Volunteer Savannah: A city that serves. Volunteer Savannah Chief Service Officer, Dr. Connie S. Cooper, will unveil the initiative's new service plan that aims to increase volunteerism in education, neighborhood development, cultural and arts education and public health.

Volunteer Savannah is made possible through a $200,000 Cities of Service Leadership Grant, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. Savannah was one of 10 cities chosen to receive first-ever Cities of Service Leadership Grants in January. All10 cities are launching comprehensive citywide service plans this month to address local challenges, according to the city.
 
To learn more about Volunteer Savannah: A city that serves, go to www.volunteer.savannahga.gov. To learn more about Hands on Savannah, go to www.handsonsavannah.org, or call 912-651-7726. To learn more about Cities of Service, go to www.citiesofservice.org.

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