Every year, City Year Milwaukee participates in a Fall day of service, Make a Difference Day, where AmeriCorps members have the opportunity to participate in service projects across the city, and give back in a new way.
"My favorite part of Make a Difference Day was being able to help everyone and talking to volunteers from the community! Service days help us get to know each other and build a stronger team at our site!" -Kennedy Kastle, City Year Student Success Coach on the The Northwestern Mutual Team At Clarke Street School, & proud Civic Engagement Coordinator
Service days are an important aspect of an AmeriCorps member’s City Year experience and serve as an opportunity for them to collaborate with community members who also strive to make a difference in Milwaukee.
“I think that service days are important because it is important to build community and show that City Year cares about the community it’s in. The reason I came back for a second year of service was to support my city and that’s exactly what I was able to do when I returned to my elementary school for Make a Difference Day. Seeing where I have gone helps me better understand who has helped me become who I am today, and that is what I hope to do for others.” -Jeesenia Zavala, Team Leader on the Casimir Pulaski High School Team
This Make a Difference Day, City Year Milwaukee partnered with Lincoln Avenue Elementary School, the Urban Ecology Center, and Teens Grow Greens, to make a difference in our community. The morning was spent painting beautiful murals and benches at Lincoln Elementary School and restoring green spaces at the Urban Ecology Center. In the afternoon, corps members had the opportunity to visit Teens Grow Greens, and work side by side with Charlie Uihliein, a City Year Chicago alumni, weeding, mulching, and winterizing the gardens.
“Spending the day doing physical service helped connect me to how City Year began service. I loved being involved in the whole process and seeing the results of my work. I can’t know that I made a difference for sure, but knowing that someone might be affected in a positive way is a step in the right direction.” -Amanda Bowman, Team Leader on the M&I Foundation Team at Hopkins Lloyd Community School, & proud Civic Engagement Coordinator
For more pictures of Make a Difference Day, visit City Year Milwaukee's offical photography page.