2014-11-27

Giving Thanks by Serving Others
Words from Charlie Rose, Senior Vice President & Dean of City Year 
 

For me the highlight of Thanksgiving at City Year is the essence and spirit of giving to others. We have always designed service days to both do something tangible and constructive for folks who have specific needs and also tried to incorporate conscious reflection on the causes of inequity and a variety of community human challenges.  I can remember literally dozens of projects like these, but my everlasting memory is of the spirit of giving and sharing from all involved.

 

City Year finds many opportunities to give thanks, from systematic and ongoing appreciation of our colleagues, corps members and the students we serve, to structured service projects like the one we did at City Year Headquarters last Friday. Staff and corps members joined several local organizations that work daily with folks who need support, to help provide warm fleece blankets for children and families that need them, basic toiletry kits for individuals who don't have those necessities, and assemble hundreds of apple pies for families who cant afford them. City Year values are about the fact that we are all united by a shared humanity and that we have the opportunity to be involved on a consistent basis in service to a cause greater than ourselves. 

 

It means that we never take for granted that we have so much to give and share.  In fact, that is the true meaning of life itself-- to plant trees under whose shade you never expect to sit.  It means that we at City Year recognize that service to others is the rent we pay for living and that we take every opportunity to do as much as we can.  We pride ourselves on being part of the larger community and doing what we can to build a beloved community, and giving to others is part of doing just that.  It is important to recognize that there are many people who don't have enough food to eat, a place to live and an income that supports their family. We can all help to make sure our society is more just. That means we realize that our humanity is tied to everyone else's, and that we act on that understanding by sharing what we have and serving others as best we can.

 

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