The City of Cedar Rapids is committed to government transparency, citizen participation, and clear communication. As a part of our public outreach, we actively seek to provide information to the public about city government and inform residents of opportunities to participate in public meetings.
There are a variety of ways for citizens to stay engaged in the community. Residents are encouraged to attend public meetings, which are posted online here. Residents can also subscribe to City news to receive email or text notifications of public meeting postings, news, or calendar events.
Participate in Council Meetings
City Council meetings are generally held the second and fourth Tuesday of every month in the Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall unless otherwise posted. Contact the City Clerk’s Office at 319-286-5060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Serve on City Boards and Commissions
Participate in City government by serving on one of the City’s many boards, commissions and advisory committees. These advisory groups partner with the Cedar Rapids City Council and City staff to guide the future of our community. Service on a board or commission is an excellent way for citizens to become involved in the operation of local government and to contribute to the quality of life in Cedar Rapids. Contact the City Clerk’s Office at 319-286-5060 or email@example.com.
Citizens Fire Academy
The Cedar Rapids Fire Department offers citizens a unique way to experience the firefighting career with the Citizens' Fire Academy. The Academy includes 15 hours of instruction and practical experience. Citizens will discover firefighting is more than putting out fires, but also includes rescue operations, emergency medical services, fire prevention and education. Contact Julie Popelka, Public Education, at 319-286-5277 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Police Volunteer Opportunities
Have you ever wanted to spend time in a law enforcement environment, or provide assistance to your local police department? Here is your chance. The Cedar Rapids Police Department has several volunteer programs including Police Volunteer Corps, Citizens Police Academy, and the Reserve Officer Program. Contact Sergeant Laura Faircloth at 319-286-5439 or email@example.com.
The City has several programs that actively engage youth including Parks and Recreation youth sports, a number of public safety programs and Explorer for youth interested in law enforcement. For questions about the Explorer program, Contact Officer Shawn Burke at 319-286-5454 ext. 6951 or S.Burke@cedar-rapids.org.
The Mayor’s Youth Conference on October 9, 2023 allows students to explore educational and career opportunities in the area, network with the next generation of young professionals, and discover how they can grow and thrive in Cedar Rapids after graduation. Registration is free and open to students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year this fall. Those interested in attending are encouraged to apply soon for this limited-capacity event. Applications are available at CityofCR.com/MYC.
A neighborhood association is a group of residents who meet regularly to accomplish specific goals in their neighborhood. Neighborhood associations offer a place to meet friends, exchange information, create projects and priorities, propose solutions, and have fun. A neighborhood association is an excellent way to improve your neighborhood and develop a spirit of community and pride. Find current neighborhood associations or how to get started here. Contact Jeff Wozencraft at 319-286-5772 or J.Wozencraft@cedar-rapids.org.