On Friday, October 23rd, Corps Members Anthony Apollon, Lisa Cao, and Matthew Thomas had the honor of introducing General Colin Powell at BLB&G’s Forum for Institutional Investors. Below is a photo they took with the General before the luncheon. Lisa is currently serving at MS 302 in the South Bronx, which is General Powell’s middle school Alma Mater, and he gave her a special shout out during his remarks for serving the students at MS 302 this year.
City Year New York hosted a service day on Saturday, Oct 24th with ABC/Disney Television and SOAPnet as part of the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s “iParticipate” initiative, daytime stars from All My Children, One Life to Live, ABC Daytime, Disney VoluntEARS Staff and Fan Volunteers – about 100 volunteers in total – came out to help. Talent included JR Martinez, Cornelius Smith, Chrishell Stause, Melissa Claire Egan, Daphnee Duplaix, Denise Vasi, Adam Mayfield, Thorsten Kaye, Jason Tam, Bree Williamson, John Brotherton and Melissa Archer. Participants in the day exceeded PS 129′s expectations. The public school, located in West Harlem, New York, was blown away by the amazing work of the volunteers. Teams of fans, talent and staff made over the cafeteria with Healthy Food murals, decorated the hallways with inspiring designs, painted the library with literacy murals, painted the gym with a New York Cityscape and painted over 30 panel murals to be hung around the school. Thank you to all who participated in the day – it was a great experience.
On October 13, 2009, in honor of Alcoa’s ‘Global Month of Volunteering’ (a companywide volunteer initiative), over 35 New York based employees joined City Year Corps Members and The Point CDC to serve youth in the Hunts Point Community. We were thrilled that this committed group of volunteers included Alcoa’s CEO Klaus Kleinfeld, the CFO, Chuck McLane and Alcoa’s Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Jack Bergen. Participants spent their afternoon transforming The Point in to a ‘forest of knowledge’ so that when the students arrived for their first day of after-school programming, they really felt that they were in an exciting and engaging space. Together, Alcoa volunteers and City Year Corps Members led over 50 elementary and middle school students in reading circles, each with a book specially chosen around important themes such as tolerance and diversity, the environment, giving back to others, and safety. In support of City Year’ s literacy work with youth, volunteers ran a book drive and donated over 100 books to add to The Point’s library and to continue to foster a love of reading in the children of the South Bronx. To find out more about The Point please visit www.thepoint.org
Thank you to everyone who served on this day.
We would like to congratulate City Year New York’s Founding Board Co-Chair and 2009 Ripples of Hope Dinner honoree, Jill Iscol, on her appointment to the New York State Commission on National and Community Service by Governor Paterson. Led by Susan Stern, Commission Chair, and First Lady Michelle Paige Paterson, Honorary Chair, the body is responsible for promoting and implementing volunteer service programs across the state. This group will also play a key role in supporting New York’s efforts to host the 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service. Jill is an incredible City Year supporter and we are delighted that she is playing such an important role in the National Service Movement.
Read the full release at: http://www.ny.gov/governor/press/press_0703091.html.