By Hilary Ippolito, senior corps member serving on the Foundation to Be Named Later Boston Civic Engagement team
Earlier this spring, volunteers at LPL Financial set aside their projects, reports, and deadlines to unite in a conference room with four City Year senior corps members and hundreds of spiral bound notebooks. This relatively small day of service was not only an opportunity to provide the 10th graders of The English High School (EHS) with much needed school supplies and support during MCAS testing, but also to introduce LPL Financial employees to the EHS community in preparation for their on-site service day in May.
We anticipated about 15 people would make it to the conference room for the service day in March. We were amazed that more than 25 volunteers joined us. LPL employees could not possibly have showed more enthusiastic generosity.
Lawyers stuffed goodie bags full of notebooks, highlighters, pencils, and other goodies to help students make the most of their school days, and financial consultants assembling key chains depicting celebrities who attended college. Co-workers shared laughs, and members of different hierarchical levels and different departments came together to create an efficient, collaborative process of creating resource kits that will really make a difference for students.
By the end of the two-hour event, there was a palpable sense of accomplishment, gratefulness and togetherness, or as one LPL employee put it, “wholeness.” This means that there was such a strong response to the service experience that LPL anticipates much more than 50 percent of their office will volunteer for their next service event. This overwhelming expression of generosity was not lost on us at City Year. LPL Financial is a partner with whom we feel incredibly lucky to serve, and we look forward to serving alongside them tomorrow for their second event.