New Orleans, LA — City Year Louisiana, in partnership with Alvar Library, KIPP Renaissance School, ARISE Academy, Holy Angels Church, 5th District Police Station and Bywater Neighborhood Association, hosted National Make a Difference Day service projects on Saturday, October 23. The annual event saw a record number of local volunteers come together to beautify local schools and community centers in New Orleans.
National Make a Difference Day is an all-encompassing national day of service dedicated to helping others, a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. This year, volunteers worked on a variety of projects including painting the hallways at ARISE Academy, Drew Elementary and KIPP Renaissance School; beautifying the Alvar Library; creating a community garden at Holy Angels Convent and hosting a fall festival for elderly residents at St. Margaret’s Nursing Home. Councilmember Kirstin Gisleson Palmer addressed volunteers and praised their community efforts.
“The amazing turnout City Year Louisiana received from community volunteers for this year’s National Make a Difference Day projects was truly inspiring because people from all different backgrounds were gathered together for a common cause – to make a positive impact in their community,” says Bethany Housman, program and service director for City Year Louisiana.
City Year Louisiana is a non-profit Americorps organization that unites young people from all backgrounds for a demanding year of full-time service as corps members. Through City Year’s service model, corps members serve in public schools, grades 3 through 9, working to keep students “In School & On Track” to graduate by helping to improve student attendance, behavior and course performance. The In School & On Track initiative is designed to increase the graduation rates in each school where City Year serves. For more information on City Year Louisiana or National Make a Difference Day please visit us online at http://www.cityyear.org/louisiana.aspx.
City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world. As tutors, mentors and role models, these diverse young leaders help children stay in school and on track, and transform schools and communities across the United States, as well as through international affiliates in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England.
Founded in Boston in 1988, City Year has established programs in Boston; Chicago; Cleveland; Columbia, SC; Columbus; Detroit; Little Rock/North Little Rock; Los Angeles; Louisiana: Baton Rouge; Louisiana: New Orleans; Miami; Milwaukee; New Hampshire; New York; Greater Philadelphia; Rhode Island; San Antonio; San Jose/Silicon Valley; Seattle/King County; and Washington, D.C.; and international affiliates in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England. City Year is a proud member of AmeriCorps.