Five Things Friday

1. National Volunteer Week: Last Tuesday, a Presidential Proclamation was released in which President Barack Obama announced that this week, April 15-19, is National Volunteer Week. Americans are encouraged to find volunteer and give back through service through this special message,
“Service is a lifelong pursuit that strengthens the civic and economic fabric of our Nation. With every hour and every act, our lives are made richer, our communities are drawn closer, and our country is forged stronger by the dedication and generous spirit of volunteers. I encourage every American to stand up and play their part — to put their shoulder up against the wheel and help change history’s course.”
2. T-Mobile Gives Back: Earlier this year, local T-Mobile Store Managers teamed up with their employees and communities to collect school supplies and warm winter gear to give to students at some of City Year New York’s partner schools. Recently, the National Grid team at PS 213 in East New York, Brooklyn, gave away the donated supplies as part of a 2nd Grade After School celebration. Please see below for some photos from the event. Thank you T-Mobile for your generosity and support!

3. Comcast Cares Day: Today we’re partnering with NBCUniversal and Comcast for Comcast Cares Day. Over 150 employees from Comcast and NBCUniversal volunteers to complete projects including murals, constructing flower boxes, and benches. To inspire and pump up our volunteers before jumping into service, we were honored to have Commissioner Margarita Lopez, New York City Housing Authority, Michael Jack, President and General Manger of NBC New York, and Council Member Robert Jackson speak. George Oliphant, host of NBC’s George to the Rescue and Victoria Sosa, Weather Anchor and Reporter from Telemundo 47  also joined us to lend a hand. With so many volunteers and special guests around, you can imagine that the twitterverse was busy. To check out what you missed, check of the Comcast Cares Day Storify Story below.

4. Spring Community Service Days: 
In case you missed it earlier this week, we have THREE awesome Community Service Days coming up and we need some support running them! Each event offers something unique and exciting to the communities in which they’re hosted, so check out the blog here and sign up with the contact person listed for each Service Day.

5. Last Application Deadline: Our last application deadline of the year is April 30th. If you’re ready to apply, start your application here. If you still have questions, you can join us TONIGHT for an Open House. This even provides you with a great opportunity for to mingle with current corps members, enjoy refreshments and become familiar with City Year, its mission and its work.