Monday, December 1, 2008

Make a Difference Day, Team DC

...From the moment Team DC gathered together at the Hyattsville Visitor Center our force was one to be reckoned with. Maybe it’s simply the AmeriCorps sweatshirts that each of us wore, but I think it had more to do with the strength in our numbers and the can-do vibe we always tend to emit. I was reminded in those first moments of gathering with the team that our spirit as a whole is what pushes us forward and sets us apart. It is what will lead each of us during our year of service.
...Although our phsical service on that day was limited by the weather, each of us on Team DC wore a smile as we picked up trash, set up for a barbecue, and got to know people from the surrounding area as they gathered to have a picnic. Everywhere we went, people stopped to talk to us, ask us what we were up to, and thanked us for being a positive, helpful part of their rainy day. By the end of it all, the events had felt as great as the team-building exercises in New Mexico. Make a Difference Day, in all of its national service glory, reminded me of what it means to serve a community without agenda. I hope to have many more rainy days like it.
Brittany Walsh and Henry Colangelo
Team DC

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