The lasting wish of Dr. King was to end human violence through the creation of what he described as a Beloved Community. On the day which he is nationally recognized, Chicago came out in force as an example of what that Beloved Community looks like.
Volunteers performed a total of 33 service projects in Chicago’s Carson Elementary and Gage Park High School. Projects included; constructing benches, organizing school inventory, and hundreds of murals and quotes between three school buildings!
Volunteers were made up of students, corporate partners, community organizations, and City Year alumni. From different walks of life, these people all came together to transform a place of learning into a place of inspiration.
We were also happy to host Governor Bruce Rauner, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Secretary of the Small Business Administration Maria Contreras-Sweet, and Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland.
These individuals have made their life’s work about working for others, and it was great to hear them reflect on the importance of Dr. King’s work and encourage the continuation of his legacy. Afterwards, they each turned their beliefs into practice as they jumped into service!
A huge shoutout is in order to our corporate partners who were represented by volunteers, including; Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Sky, Starbucks, Chicago White Sox Volunteer Corps, Microsoft, Chicago Fire, and The Alter Group. It's a beautiful thing when we can extend the corporate partnership beyond the office and roll up our sleeves side-by-side!
Big thanks to Chicago Public Schools, Gage Park High School, and Carson Elementary, for allowing us to scout, prep, and perform service. City Year, our volunteers, and our partners know that the work that we did in honor of Martin Luther King was for you and your students.