Life Skills, Volunteerism Highlight ServiceWorks MLK Day of Service
By: Khadija Carr, CPDC ServiceWorks
On January 16th, to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the ServiceWorks team delivered an enriching Day of Service at Mayfair Mansions in Northeast Washington D.C., joined by professional development workshop facilitators, community volunteers, and Service Scholars. Clipboard in tow, I took a deep breath and prepared myself for what was to come.
To kick off the day, the ServiceWorks team mobilized scholars to strengthen their life and leadership skills through a series of team building exercises where they employed a myriad of work-force skills including self-assessment, critical thinking, and communication. In the afternoon, scholars were joined by 20 community volunteers for the service portion of our program.
Aside from our program funders, Giant® and Walmart® provided monetary contributions of nearly $400 to help us assemble 250 care packages.
Each package contained food and toiletries that were donated to Sasha Bruce & Central Union Mission. To close out the program scholars came together to absorb an array of personal and professional development workshops around resume writing, interviewing, professionalism, and financial literacy.
Saturday’s event gave me the truest feeling of fulfillment that I have felt since becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA and I am so excited to be a part of a 5-woman team of high-fliers.
As we gear up for our next cohort at Mayfair Mansions (January 20-February 24), I am reminded of the social innovation and impact that has and will continue to foster healthy and vibrant communities as described by the Service Scholars during our “Ghost of MLK” exercise on our MLK Day of Service:
“Hello, Dr. King. We are a group of today’s youth here in remembrance of you and we’d like to tell you how we help others as you did. I listen to and help people others whenever I see them in need or having a problem. I help others by giving them support and I also help my peers in school. I help others by giving advice to a family member or a friend. I can help out the community by going green! I help others by being there for people in need and by setting an example to those who look up to me. I try my best to ease people’s pain on a daily basis. I want to inspire people to be stronger for themselves. We help people as if they are our friends, every day we strive a little harder to make an impact like you did.”
Khadija Carr hails from Silver Spring, Maryland and has called it home for all of her life. She is a graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Biology. In college, Khadija was very active in service and leadership as a Community Senate Secretary, Resident Advisor, and Multicultural Leadership Scholar. In addition, as a Principled Problem Solving Scholar, she gained a keen understanding about the connection between business and crafting social good. As a ServiceWorks AmeriCorps VISTA, she looks forward to leveraging her passion for equity and inclusion to create meaningful ways to engage youth.