ServiceWorks Skill-Building Bootcamps provide 16- to 24-year-olds the opportunity to develop new workplace skills, expand their personal networks and understand how service can be a vehicle for both. For the second time this summer, ServiceWorks recently brought this powerful experience to a new city.
Last September, in the waning days of a still-hot Alabama summer, Rodney Smith, Jr. noticed an elderly neighbor laboring to mow his lawn. “It looked like he was really struggling,” says the now 27-year-old, “It seemed like I should do something.”
Kumer Pial Das remembers feeling “alarmed and frustrated” when he read an article in the newspaper about how dismally local kids were performing on the math portions of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. Sounding very much like the math professor he is — he’s taught courses such as business calculus and probability theory at Lamar University — Das says the “statistics were not something to be proud of.”
When a massive flood displaced 8-year-old Olivia Russo-Hood and her family from their home outside Atlanta in 2009, she experienced firsthand nature’s devastation. But, immediately following that, she learned of an even more powerful force: the kindliness of neighbors.