On Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service 2017, one of the Cloud & Fire AmeriCorps VISTAs, Courtney, spent her holiday as “a day on, not a day off.” She participated in two service projects in Los Angeles. First, she spent her morning at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital packing snack bags for homeless youth who come to the hospital for treatment (see picture on the left). Then, Courtney spent the afternoon south of Downtown Los Angeles at Dorsey High School with 1,500 other AmeriCorps members at a project put on by LA Works. The volunteers fanned out around the school to do many enhancement and upkeep projects to help make the students proud of their school again. Courtney gladly spread out mulch in the planters around the area of the campus where the students eat lunch. She reports, “It was great to work with my hands and maneuver the soil. Living in a very urban community, I rarely get to work with the earth. It was a blessing to get back to nature in such a practical way.”
Even after hard labor and being out in the sun, Courtney felt energized and empowered having served her greater Los Angeles community. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous question: “What are you doing for others?” was easily answered that day.