City Year New Hampshire just had our Opening Day last week in front of City Hall in Manchester, NH. LIVE FREE OF DIE!! It was a day that brought the community out in support of what we do as an organization everyday. The day also unveiled our 2011-2012 corps to the city. Friends and family were in attendance as well as politicians and camera crews. The day was a big success! One unplanned thing that came from all of it was a letter that we received from the parent of one of our Corps Members. This letter is a real joy to read. It shows the impact that City Year has on both the Corps Member and the community being served. I hope you all enjoy this letter below and if you would like to share how City Year is influencing your life, please do!!
Dear City Year Staff and Administrators:
Thank you for a lovely day and a delicious lunch. These are some of my thoughts on this special day honoring all corps members including my son!
Just returned from Andy’s opening ceremony for City Year 2011 and I am on cloud nine! I’ve not been prouder in my life. My son – my baby boy – is a man of true courage and spirit with a deep soul and conviction to making the world a better place. He is thoughtful and funny and kind. He is with like-minded people now – his fellow corps members at City Year Manchester, NH. He has found his place in the world for now and I cannot be any happier for him. The road to City Year was full of challenges and celebrations and my son recognizes and remembers each of those events for what they were. The challenges he brushed away like the chaff from wheat and the celebrations he has carved into his memory and calls upon them regularly to lift him up and to guide him in his daily activities and toward his future dreams. He won’t let negativity rule him. He is ruled by a spirit of giving. He remembers events like playground building and PTOS and snow shoveling for the elderly and delivering meals on wheels for shut-ins. He remembers offering dinners and vacations to friends that didn’t have the opportunity for a home cooked meal or beach-side getaway. I love that about my son. I love that he understands the beauty and reward of service and that giving is truly better than receiving and that he can make a difference in the world by his mere presence and his spirit; but he chooses to give more, and he is doing so by giving a year of his life to City Year. And what a year he will receive!
-Carol (mother of Andy)
Thank you for reading and there will be more amazing blogs coming soon,
City Year New Hampshire