Dear City Year Community:

Our hearts go out today to all of those suffering in the wake of yesterday’s savage attack at the Boston Marathon finish line—the families and friends of those who lost their lives, the injured, and all who are affected. I am deeply distraught, as I know you all are, by this unconscionable and cowardly act.  And I am profoundly saddened as I think of the extraordinary pain caused by this horrific violence—which took place on a day that traditionally celebrates friendly athletic competition, community spirit and patriotism.  

All of us at City Year were especially devastated to learn that one of the victims of the bombing, 8-year-old Martin Richard, was a student at Neighborhood House Charter School, where City Year Boston serves. Martin's sister and mother, who is the school's librarian, were also hurt. It is so tragic and so deeply painful. Our hearts and prayers are with the Richard family, the Neighborhood House Charter School community, and all those who have been hurt throughout the Boston community. Words fall short of expressing the pain we feel.

With the loss of Martin, and the fact that yesterday’s terrible tragedy took place just a few blocks from our national and Boston headquarters, our sense of security has been rocked.  But I know we are a resilient community and a resilient nation.  

I was heartened that amidst yesterday's chaos and destruction, individuals performed acts of true heroism -- first responders and citizens alike, doctors and hospital workers, immediately came to the aid of the injured, saving lives. Even as we saw the absolute worst of humanity yesterday, we also witnessed humanity's very best. 

As one City Year community, serving on three continents, I encourage us all to continue to put love, justice, and service into the world every day, in every way, here in Boston, throughout our nation, and across the world.

Yours in Service,

Michael