Today we teamed up with Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps. We spent the day outside the local Palo Alto YMCA rebuilding the outside property and making it suitable for summer camp and other outdoor activities.
The YMCA engages more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the U.S. as the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to helping people and communities learn, grow, and thrive both from far reaching to intimate programs. The Y ensures that everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected, and secure.
Habitat for Humanity’s mission is simple; to build. They build mainly because they believe that everyone, everywhere should have a healthy, affordable place to call home. While building homes, they build communities, hope, and the opportunity for families to help themselves.
AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive services each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and communities. AC is built on the belief that civic responsibility is an inherent duty of all citizens. With the aid of national service programs, AC works effectively with local communities to address pressing needs.
Our morning job brought back the same childhood memory for both of us. This morning our job was weeding the YMCA lawn, one of Lindsay’s dreaded choirs growing up. She would have to finish weeding before we could get into any of our own adventures. As any good friend would do I happily chipped in so we could get the job down in half the time. One year for her birthday gift I gave her the most fashionable pair of weeding gloves. A true best friend couldn’t allow a chore to be done unfashionably.
During our lunch break, which was catered by a local sandwich shop Togo’s, we were able to get to know our group, connect on past experiences, and share why we were all here. It was clear we all had one thing in common– to help others.