Five Things Friday

1.  Since 2004, City Year New York has spent every Columbus Day, volunteering with our partners at Bernstein, Litowitz, Berger & Grossmann LLP (BLB&G), and this year was no different. BLB&G takes pride in working with us to find communities and community partners who have a great need, and will benefit greatly from the services and resources that they can provide. This year more than 85 BLB&G employees joined us at the Roy Wilkins Community Center and Community Garden, helping to complete 3 signature projects.

These projects included the rigorous task of fully repainting the first level of the community center, building 12 bookshelves and a complete reformation of the entrance to the 4 acre community garden, in the heart of Jamaica, Queens. BLBG had a mission on this day and it was fully executed in a timely matter – they can proudly say “we came, we saw, we conquered.”

It was definitely a pleasure to work alongside such motivated individuals. Their hard work and desire to give back not only speaks to their character but also to the values of the firm. To see photos from this event please CLICK HERE.

2. GLEE Give A Note will support music education by awarding $1 million dollars in prize money to music programs in jeopardy throughout the United States. We are asking all of our friends and supporters to vote for our partner school, PS 48 in the South Bronx. Voting ends on November 7th and you can vote once every day. watch their video, vote, and check back on the blog next week for a larger post about this contest.

Links we like from Opening Day

3. Check out pictures from our Opening Day on Flickr

4. Read up on our Opening Day on DNAinfo

5. Watch a video from the NY City News Service

New Tutors Tapped to Help City Kids from NYCity News Service on Vimeo.