Today’s guest blogger is NYCE’s volunteer experience leader, Jordan Molina.
On September 26th, Credit Suisse and the City Year New York Civic Engagement team revitalized the Kingsbridge Community Center in the Bronx. During their three hour service project, over 60 Credit Suisse employees painted murals along the exterior of the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center.
Kingsbridge Heights Community Center is a hub of activity in the Kingsbridge Heights community in the Bronx. The center has different programs that cater to children and teens. Through their current re-branding efforts, they have partnered with City Year to brighten up their building and make it a more welcoming place.
The 120+ foot wall has been a popular target for graffiti, but the mural painting made what was once an eye-sore something vibrant and positive.
Maureen, a Credit Suisse Volunteer said, “I find painting to be very gratifying. This isn’t my first service day but it’s nice to go out and help out a community every now and then.”
Michael Wilke, Director of Development, was thankful for the efforts of the volunteers. “When the families and youth visit our center, it matters if the outdoor space is vivid, inspiring & free from graffiti,” Wilke said. “It matters that the murals on the outside of the building are wonderful. I’m so grateful to have everyone come out here and do this for the families and the community. The impact has been immediate; with people walking by, the staff, & the parents. I’m just so deeply touched by it.”
For years, City Year has worked with Credit Suisse for service days and thanks to them, the community at KBCC will have a center that better represents the great work they do.