Written by Nayyir Ransome, AmeriCorps Member serving on the Capital Area United Way Team at Capitol Middle School.

In honor of Corps Member Appreciation Month, I wanted to use this post to say thank you to my fellow service warriors for all of the hard work you all have put in this past year.

When we see people day in and day out we tend to take the work they do for granted. It is easy to begin to see what people aren’t doing instead of remembering what they are doing. We forget to say “thank you” for simple things.

So in the spirit of gratitude, I would like to extend a specific thank you to The Capitol Area United Way team at Capitol Middle School for the many ways you all have challenged, encouraged and supported me this year. You all have helped me grow in immeasurable ways and I have been blessed to be on this team.

With all of the above being said. I would like to encourage others to find a unique way to appreciate your friends and teammates in these last few days of Corps Member Appreciation month.

Here are some ideas:

  • Individual candy bags
  • Handmade cards
  • Encouraging quotes (usually cool ones from their favorite movie)
  • Say “Thank you for you service, [insert awesome person’s name here]”.

Answering the call to service is never easy, but it is always necessary. While we recognize and appreciate those who give their time and service to protect our boarders, I think it is time we give some love and gratitude to those of us who have dedicated our time and service to healing our country’s spirit.

I know it gets hard sometimes and doubt starts to creep in and we wonder if what we do really makes a difference. I promise you, it does. Even on your worst day it still matters that you showed up! Showing up means that you care, and someone who cares is sometimes all a student needs to succeed.

Thank you, City Year, for all that you do!

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