Andi Petry with Serve The City in Bremen, Germany, has created this great short video from the STC International Forum held in Berlin last month.
Tuesday, December 3, we gathered for the first formal Serve the City Volunteers’ Celebration. Third Space was kind enough to host our evening as everyone mingled and met, leaving coveralls and paint-splattered t-shirts at home for a change. Cormac Shaw, a director of Serve the City Ireland, hosted the festivities, introducing new faces and old friends.
Violet and Lue linked arms as they entered the café to an array of hellos and hugs. One of the first people served in 2006, Violet shared the impact STC has had on her family, her neighbours and the city. ‘There is no one else here doing this,’ she said, adding that her relationship with Serve the City, its leaders and volunteers, has continued to grow through the years.
We also heard from several volunteers, coordinators and project leaders. ‘There’s never a day that I don’t learn something new, from the volunteers and from the people we serve,’ said Lorraine, one of our project leaders, who often supplies her own materials, storing them and transporting them to S3RVE Day projects. David Jones from William Fry Solicitors, our first corporate partner, shared his experiences working alongside STC Dublin, as well as helping us incorporate as a registered charity.
But above all else, STC Ireland founder Alan McElwee emphasised that the value of each and every person lies at the heart of Serve the City: volunteers serving together to meet the practical needs of the marginalised… and asking for nothing in return. ‘There’s something magical that happens there,’ Alan said. ‘And it’s all thanks to you.’
-Written by Karen Ogran Huber