by Lauren Jarema, Communications and Outreach Associate
City Year held a high-energy community service project at DC General Family Shelter in Ward 6 on Saturday, October 22, Make a Difference Day. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, it is the nation’s largest day of volunteering with three million annual participants. Here in Washington, DC, over 300 City Year corps members and community volunteers spent the day beautifying and preparing DC General Family Shelter for hypothermia season.
The day began with a spirited kick-off ceremony where corps members led volunteers in City Year’s signature physical training. In addition, the Chief of Programs for The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness Michelle Williams thanked the volunteers for their service.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY BY THE NUMBERS
Volunteers helped DC General Family Shelter by:
- Assembling 444 emergency homeless kits
- Organizing a clothing donation room
- Preparing 21 family units for new residents
- Building 4 chess tables
- Painting 21 inspirational murals
- Creating 4 family friendly rooms
- Organizing a children’s playroom
DC General Family Shelter is Washington, DC’s largest shelters. City Year’s service helped to prepare the shelter for hypothermia season, which begins on November 1st. Families with school age children are among the fastest growing homeless population. City Year seeks to create positive environments for students in schools and throughout the community.