It takes a village

Senior corps members Dan Blahnik and Suzi Townsdin lay down flooring in an upstairs bedroom of one of the houses we helped build on our village retreat.

At City Year, one of our founding stories is It Takes a Village. This Igbo (Nigeria) Proverb essentially says that it is the shared responsibility of a collective group of people to help raise a child to become an active, effective future citizen of that village.

The proverb goes on to say that, “Similarly, ‘it takes a village’ to achieve any large civic goal. It takes a shared vision, a set of shared values, and a shared sense of collective responsibility for the common good.”

This is the reason behind why the combination of our senior corps and staff is referred to as “the village.” As the village, it is our responsibility to lead the corps to be successful in their service and to make a difference in the lives of the children that they serve every single day. In order for our corps to be strong, our village needs to be strong.

To maintain the teamwork and camaraderie among our village, we sometimes go on village retreats. On Wednesday, Oct. 13, the village of City Year San José/Silicon Valley traveled out to Oakland where we partnered with Habitat for Humanity East Bay to help them work on the construction of homes for families in need of low-income housing.

Together, we took on such tasks as laying down flooring, caulking windowsills, painting walls and helping move equipment. It was a really great opportunity for us to bond as a group and to partner with another local service organization who is doing great things for the Silicon Valley community.

If you’re in the Bay Area and are interested in volunteering with Habitat for Humanity East Bay, check out their volunteer hub to see which service opportunities are available for you to take part in.

Thank you to all of the Americorps members and staff at Habitat for Humanity East Bay for all of your hard work and for leading us throughout our awesome day of service!

Megan Baker, Recruitment Project Leader CYSJ

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