Written by Hannah Evans, AmeriCorps Members proudly serving at Entergy Louisiana Team at Broadmoor Middle School.

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of working alongside Baton Rouge’s very own Red Stick Project on a “Spring Spruce Up” within the Melrose East neighborhood. As usual, AmeriCorps Members showed up ready for action, flexible as ever and eager to help! We spent most of the day picking up trash, clearing vines, weeds and overgrown grass from a local parking lot. It was a beautiful day, and very satisfying to see what a difference just 4 hours could make! My favorite part though was the turnout of kids that showed up to help. We had about 12 local children stop by, pick up shovels, and get down to it. Watching these kids work through the tedious and vigorous task of shoveling stubborn patches of grass on a hot Saturday was both inspiring and adorable. It was a major joint effort, and it was nice to hear one of the Red Stick Project facilitators, Evelyn Ware Jackson chant “What would we do without City Year?!”

That is what I love about City Year’s involvement within the community. Through these projects, I get to meet all these amazing and selfless people, whose awesome organizations and programs exist solely for the good of people. I also get to see young kids work extremely hard to get a project done, and become so utterly proud once they see what they’ve accomplished. Giving back to a community and its people is the overall reason I applied for a position with City Year Baton Rouge, and on days like Saturday, it’s because of City Year that I get to feel especially fulfilled.

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