Build Day Best day…
Working for Worcester is a non-profit organization whose focus is to give back to the youth of Worcester. Working for Worcester has been able to reinvest over two million dollars in the community and has enabled thousands of volunteers across the city to come together and connect with each other on the best day of the year: Build Day!!
Yesterday was a day quite unlike no other. It began, for me, at 3:30 A.M. As I am on the managing team, the morning was an early one! I had to be at the storage unit at 4:40 to meet the site managers and get the day started!
At the storage unit, our leaders, Caitlin, Charlie, and Aidan, pumped us up for the day ahead. Everyone received their t-shirts, and then we trekked to Worcester City Hall to set up for the rally. Of course, I stopped at Dunkin’ first!
When we arrived at City Hall, I helped unload and set up the tables for all the volunteers. When they arrived, nothing but joy and anticipation filled the air. It was electric. I stood on the stage in total awe and admiration of a crowd of individuals all standing together ready to achieve one common goal: making the city of Worcester a better place. Helping the children. Making a difference. Doing the right thing. Working together. Working with each other. Teams, schools, alumni, friends, and neighbors from all walks of life came together to complete the task. To execute the mission. To continue to commit the Jesuit values of being men and women for and with others.
This year, we helped transform and revolutionize nineteen sites across the city. We built playgrounds, installed swing sets, mulched, carried countless wheelbarrows of wood chips, planted, made sandboxes, built garden beds, and, most importantly, we helped the kids.
The kids are who we do it for. They are our future. We aspire to do everything we can to improve their quality of life. To inspire them through their environments. To create safe spaces that enable them to be the best versions of themselves.
I am so proud to be a part of such an incredible organization. I am proud to be a part of an organization that strives to make the world a better place. That encourages others to act for the greater good. That ignites a spark in volunteers to feel prideful for their acts of service. That emphasizes the notion that a kind act, no matter how small, can make a difference. I am so proud to be a part of Working for Worcester.