After the bustling summer months, here at Serve Rhode Island we were actually looking forward to the usual autumn lull in the group service project world. However, group service projects have soared in popularity over the last couple of years, so despite the cooler weather, we’ve still be energetically leading and coordinating various sized service projects over the last few weeks! We coordinated nine projects throughout the month of October, often incorporating all four of our VISTAs in all of the action. Doing everything from building benches and painting walls at the Boys & Girls Club in Providence, to transforming the new ParentsZone at Roger Williams Middle School, to painting dozens of murals at Slater Middle School, we’ve had a busy month! Here’s just one small glimpse into the world of group service projects and our school volunteering program:
On October 23rd, 26 Fidelity Investments volunteers joined 15 Slater Service Corps members for a mural painting project at Samuel Slater Middle School in Pawtucket, RI. The Slater Service Corps (SSC), started by a former AmeriCorps VISTA and run by Julissa (SRI’s current Slater VISTA) is an after school community service club at Slater Middle School.
The weeks leading up to this project were busy ones, especially for Maya, our Group Service Projects Coordinator, and Julissa, our School Volunteer Program Coordinator at Slater. Maya and Julissa were kept busy coordinating supplies (canvases, paint, brushes, and more!), recruiting SSC members for the project, and keeping up to date with the Fidelity teams. The day of the project, along with Kayla (SRI’s Communications & Marketing VISTA), and three other SRI staff members, Maya and Julissa busily managed the 41 volunteers, making sure everyone stayed on task and had some fun!
This mural project marked the fifth time Fidelity Investments, one of SRI and Slater’s corporate partners, joined Slater Service Corps students for a service project at their school. Together, the Fidelity and SSC volunteers painted 84 murals, ranging from large murals promoting healthy eating and school spirit, and smaller murals of “concentric circles”, symbolizing how everyone and everything are interconnected.
While most of the murals are for Slater Middle School, a portion of them were also made for Goff Junior High School, another Pawtucket middle school. Thank you to both Fidelity and the Slater Service Corps for a fun day of painting and service!