City Year Volunteers: Giving Back

On March 28th, Samaritan Ministry partnered with City Year to celebrate Student Service Week, an annual service-learning opportunity for high school students in the DMV area.

Seven students from local Washington high schools (Anacostia, DC International, Eastern Senior, EL Haynes Public Charter and McKinley Technology) joined the staff of the Northwest Office, where they watched the video that participants see upon joining the Next Step Program. They then heard from Rev. David Wolf (Executive Director) and Sy Jones (Volunteer Manager) about the importance of Samaritan Ministry's programs in helping participants take their own next steps.

From there, they joined our Toiletry Room & Clothing Closet Volunteer, Nannie Adair, and Food Pantry Volunteer, Mark Fehling, and spent nearly four hours organizing our clothing closet, along with nearly two thousand food and toiletry items for participants! Our volunteers were delighted with the productivity and respect given to them by the students, and Northwest Lead Caseworker Annette Carver was thrilled with “how well the [volunteer] mentors worked along with the students and maintained continuity ... [City Year Volunteers] renewed my hope that young people are still committed to service”.

This is the third time we have had the pleasure of collaborating with City Year during their Student Service Weeks. We look forward to continuing this partnership, and thank our student volunteers!