On Monday January 15, 2018, City Year Jacksonville hosted its fifth Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Northwestern Middle School. Northwestern has been a City Year partner school since 2013. CSX has been the proud team sponsor of the City Year team serving at Northwestern for the past five years. MLK is an exciting day to celebrate service and the beloved community and we were not short of either. We were grateful to welcome volunteers from Ally Bank, Chase Bank, Wells Fargo, Beaver Street Fisheries, Acosta, Volunteer Florida and Florida State College at Jacksonville as well as community members, City Year alumni, family, and friends. It became clear that everyone present on Monday, wanted nothing more than to serve their community and do something special for the students of Northwestern Middle School.
(left to right, CSX employee volunteer, AmeriCorps Team Leader serving at Carver Elementary School, Dara Radke, CEO of Volunteer Florida, Vivian Myrtetus) (left to right, Executive Director of City Year Jacksonville, Dan Foley, DCPS School Board Chairman, Paula Wright, Northwestern Middle School Principal, Shawn Platts, AmeriCorps Team Leader serving on the CSX team at Northwestern Middle School, Jenna Turner)
(Two Wells Fargo employee volunteers painting teacher appreciation flowerpots) (Ally Bank employee volunteers painting a mural)
As always, no major City Year project can be put on without the man (and woman) power of the City Year corps and staff. AmeriCorps members and staff led volunteers on projects ranging from mural painting, mulching the campus grounds to building picnic tables, and painting flower pots for teachers. The Principal of Northwestern, Mr. Platts gave kudos to City Year in his opening speech on Monday by saying “When we look around and see all the red jackets and other smiling faces, it’s an honor to be amongst people who want to make a change!”
(left to right, Impact Manager, Jennifer Rittenberry and Senior Operations Manager, Denise Green, manning the volunteer registration table) (left to right, AmeriCorps Team Leader serving on the Raines High School team, Ben Cummins and AmeriCorps member serving on the Jacksonville Jaguars Team at Gilbert Middle School, Rachel Rice, setting up a paint station)
We are continuously grateful for our AmeriCorps members and community partners who all play a role in keeping City Year’s mission alive. Monday was a small example of the great impact we can all have, when we come together for a greater cause. In the words of Dr. King still reign true “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve”
(Volunteers and AmeriCorps members painting murals throughout the Northwestern Middle School Campus)
(City Year staff members touching up a mural) (Wells Fargo sponsored volunteers putting together a picnic table)