I almost didn’t have a photo this week. For shame, right?!
But then I was walking to work this morning and saw this:
A crowd of red jacketed City Year volunteers warming up for the day.
According to their Web site, City Year is a nationwide service program that started in the late 1980s. High school grads and other young adults choose to spend a year volunteering in an urban area. Much of their service is tied to education and mentoring, but they also participate in community transformation projects that clean up and improve the cities where they serve.
In Detroit, City Year volunteers can be found tutoring kids in our schools, painting murals in local neighborhoods, and mentoring youth so that they learn the importance of making a difference.
Every so often, they can also be found in Campus Martius Park, as I found them this morning. Volunteers start their day with warm ups and other energizing activities before deploying to their service sites. Today, it’s rather dreary and rainy, but as I approached the park I kept seeing red jackets walking toward it. And then when I turned the corner, there was the group, loud and active on an otherwise quiet Friday.
Their exuberance infected me as I finished the walk to work. Knowing that they’re out there trying to make Detroit a better place gave me the energy to try to do the same.