In accordance with Section 4-11 of the City Charter, the Mayor proposed a reorganization plan to the Alexandria City Council to streamline several city departments and offices in order to create the Division of Community Services. In March 1999, the City Council adopted the reorganization plan. This Division's stated goal in the Charter, adopted in 1974, was modified and expanded to reflect the change from a Department to a Division and is as follows:
To enrich individuals and the community through the provision of services and effective coordination of programs in the following areas:
1. Regranting 2. Arts and Culture 3. Alternative Youth and Adult Recreation Activities 4. Education Advocacy 5. Community Building 6. Special Events And Projects
All existing functions of the Division were assessed and new programs were and are developed based on those evaluations as well as current needs of the community. Division functions were and are streamlined to be more cost-efficient and responsive to other needs of the community, and to include citizen input when possible.
The Division of Community Services collaborates interdepartmentally and with other community agencies to fulfills its stated goal through the following existing or new/developing programs: