By Davjanee Tillis, AmeriCorps Member '16-'17, City Year Sacramento, Rosa Parks K-8 School

As an organization, City Year is inspired by the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King taught many lessons on the power of people and service. Dr. King once stated:

"Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve.... You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." 

One of Dr. King's visions was to use community service to help empower and strengthen our communities. City Year has many values that help guide and empower the organization to make better happen in our community. One value that's similar to Dr. King's teachings is "Service to a cause greater than self." We not only believe in serving a cause greater than self but working with other organizations who share similar belief.

City Year's Rosa Parks K-8 team collaborated with Kaiser Permanente to host a Volunteer day in honor of Martin Luther King Jr's Day of Service. During the volunteer day Kaiser Permanente staff, family, and friends came out to engage in service project to help Rosa Parks K-8 school in South Sacramento. Volunteers did a number of service projects such as help build benches for the students, organize the school library and paint inspiring quotes on the walls. The finished service projects helped to add beauty and empowering spirt to the school's campus.

In honor of MLK Service day we also spoke with our Afterschool Partner at Rosa Parks K-8 on why they serve their community. Target Excellence's Afterschool Program Manager Mrs. Battle stated "I'm here to teach and lead. I'm able to love unconditionally. I know my community and how to serve them." She uses her afterschool program to help support and encourage Rosa Parks' students and their families. City Year, Dr. King, and our external Partners at Kaiser Permanente believe in using service to help our community. How can you use service to make a difference?

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