April 2017

Serve the City Launched in Newport News Virginia 

A report from the organizers:

“The Serve the City Newport News Kickoff Event on March 25th was a great success!! We had over 160 volunteers and leaders serving around the East End of Newport News, Virginia.  Teams were out in the community picking up litter, doing landscaping projects, painting and cleaning. We had people crossing city lines, racial lines, and economic lines!!

Some stats from Saturday:  Nearly 1 ton of trash picked up (including, believe it or not, several TV sets) and over 15 cubic yards of mulch moved (that is like1 1/2 dump truck loads)!  Just a couple examples of how many people doing small things together can make a big difference!!!

We also made a difference in lives in the community.  This note from a single mom who saw our “green” teams out picking up trash is just one example: “I live in the east end of Newport News. Today I saw your volunteers out in my neighborhood working.  I was excited to see people trying to make a difference here.  I would love to get involved.  I am hoping that you can give me more information on how to do so.  I would also like to know if my kids would be able to volunteer with me as I’m a single mom.  I think that it would be good for them as well.”

We want to thank the Newport News City Manager’s Office, the Newport News Police Department, the many communities of faith that partnered with us, the staff of Newport Harbour Apartments, and all our volunteers for making this a great day of crossing lines!”

New Art Space for Refugees in Luxembourg 

STC Luxembourg Leaders, Pascale Soares and her friend Lidia Rahal, have created an art space for refugees and asylum seekers living in Luxembourg called The Art Factory, and are hoping to duplicate the workshops in other shelters.  An interview with them can be found on the STC Luxembourg website here.

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