The City of Allentown is one of 23 cities to receive a “Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund” grant, which will help to launch “Love Our City,” a program which will focus on removing graffiti, removing litter and illegally dumped garbage. The money from the grant will support volunteers with extra help when they identity and start improvement projects.
“Faith-based leaders, neighborhood watch groups, and community organizations will be asked to assist the city in identifying blight in their neighborhoods and recruiting volunteers to eradicate blight where they live, work and worship,” said Mayor Ed Pawlowski.
More than 60 cities across the country applied for the grants, which range from $25,000 to $100,000. Among the other 23 cities receiving the funding grants were Philadelphia, Buffalo, NY, and Washington, D.C.