This past Sunday, 300 Citi volunteers recognized the 15th anniversary of September 11th by giving back to their community. Volunteers helped prepare 500,000 meals for New Yorkers in need as part of the annual September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. This day was established to honor those who were lost on 9/11 and encourage a continued sense of unity through service. Recently sworn-in AmeriCorps VISTAs, participants of ServiceWorks as part of the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative, acted as team-leads for the event to ensure everything ran smoothly.
The VISTAs began their year-long commitment to service after being sworn at the National Opportunity Summit, a convening focused on expanding economic opportunities for youth. General (Ret) Stanley McChrystal, a champion of volunteer service, walked the VISTAs through the pledge of service, which ends with “I will get things done” and officially begins their year of service. Through ServiceWorks, the VISTAs will teach youth across the nation crucial workplace and leadership skills while also connecting them to their communities through service projects that address pressing issues, from homelessness and hunger to violence and bullying.
This weekend of service demonstrates that volunteer service doesn’t just serve one purpose – it can position young people for success, bring people together, strengthen communities and help us heal.
“The inspiration to serve our communities is a worthy legacy of 9/11 and we are proud to do our part,” said Ed Skyler, Citi’s EVP of Global Public Affairs and Chairman of the Citi Foundation. “ServiceWorks AmeriCorps VISTAs work year-round serving communities in New York City and across the country and are continuing to impact thousands of youth.”
Congratulations Citigroup Inc.!