70 Volunteers Come Together in West Harlem

Today’s guest blogger is Andrew Wilber, a senior corps member currently serving as a Team Leader on our New York Civic Engagement team. 

On May 17, 2012, City Year partnered with Dimension DataNTT America, and Blue Coat for an entire day of service at P.S./M.S. 161 in West Harlem. After a short Program where volunteers got ready for the day with some powerful PT and warm ups, over 70 volunteers worked hard to build, sand, and stain 6 flower boxes and 20 planter beds. Volunteers then filled them with soil, and planted wild flowers to completely transform the outdoor space at P.S./M.S. 161.

Volunteers lead students through painting projects

To make this service day even more powerful volunteers engaged over 45 students in painting projects, completing over 20 panel murals of inspiring leaders that the school will hang in their facility next week. With a half an hour left of service, the volunteers kicked it in high gear and built, sanded, and painted 8 bookcases for various schools throughout Harlem.

As the day drew to a close, we took some time to chat with volunteers about their experience. One volunteer stated, “I had a great time, and each year I come, it is always fulfilling.” Another volunteer simply remarked, “City Year Rocks!” That quote certainly reflects yet another 100% net promoter score for City Year New York’s Civic Engagement Team.

Thank you to all the volunteers for your hard work and to the P.S./M.S. 161 school & community for opening up your school for a day of service. Click here to check out pictures from the day.