A Tsunami of Idealism


by Brittany Comegna, corps member on the CSX Civic Engagement Team

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”

On MLK day, the nation honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a national day off. Some enjoy a much-needed getaway, while others spend precious time with family members. Those of us at City Year celebrate the idealism of Martin Luther King, Jr. by hosting an annual service day.

As part of the CSX Civic Engagemet team, we are proud to host our largest transformative physical service day on MLK day to honor the notion that everyone can serve.  We are thrilled to announce that this year, our MLK service day will be held at the following sites at DC’s historic Truxton Circle neighborhood: Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Boys and Girls Club, So Others May Eat, and the Community Academy Public Charter School.

Our 800 volunteers will spend four hours working on transforming a greenhouse, constructing benches and other physical structures, painting inspirational murals, and participating in informative sessions.

The recurring theme of the day will be the ripple effect of the collective impact of a day of service for years to come. Our main goal is for volunteers to leave the Truxton Circle neighborhood of DC full of emotion about how their individual participation breathed reality into a dream.

Leonard Upson, the director of CAPCS’ middle school program commented that CAPCS might have a new facility, but the walls are bare, “I wish MLK could be next week because I’m so excited about the projects,” Mr. Upson said.

In fact, MLK Day is not going to be a series of ripples; it is going to be one large tsunami that will travel far and wide.

If you want to be a part of this impactful day, email the outreach coordinator, Marco Herndon at MHerndon@cityyear.org.

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