Written by Mallory Orr, AmeriCorps member 

At City Year, we call on on the teachings of many great leaders and historical figures in what we call our “Founding Stories”. They remind us of the importance of the work we are doing and motivate us to put our whole selves into service each day.

One of our founding stories, Love and Joy, comes from Mother Teresa. She reminds us that, “love cannot remain by itself - it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service.”

This past Saturday City Year Baton Rouge was able to put its love for Baton Rouge into action by teaming up with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge.

Without the support of this great community we call home, CYBR would not be able to do its work. We have all grown to love the people and place we serve each day. Because we often can get up in the work we do at our schools each day, it is always a welcomed blessing to serve the people of Baton Rouge in new capacities.

This week, we were able to turn our love for our city into true physical action. CYBR AmeriCorps members showed up early Saturday morning to spend a full day helping to build the framework for two homes in our community.

We sawed lumber, measured doorways and windows, and spent a great deal of our time hammering together the framework that will soon hold up these homes together. 

It is rare that we are able to see the fruits of our labor in such a tangible way, which is what made working hard alongside the deserving homeowners of the houses we were building so meaningful. We slowly watched the pieces come together and by the end of the day had made such great progress at the site of these well future homes. The homeowners showed their gratitude which confirmed the power of the work we did that day.

Over the past 8 months, we have grown a deep love for the city we serve. We are able to dedicate ourselves to the service of Baton Rouge’s children each day, but having the chance to turn our love into action in a new way this weekend was a true blessing.

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