Here at Repair the World November is Gratitude Month – a month dedicated to giving thanks for everything we are grateful for. It is also the first month of the Repair the World Fellowship program.We will be introducing you to our whole team of fellows – awesome people serving and working in cities across the country – soon. In the meantime, we reached out to them to ask: what are you grateful for? Their answers, which we will share throughout the month, might just inspire you.
Today’s Repair the World’s Fellows are grateful for: FAMILY.
Community Fellow: Laura Vitiello
Working/Serving: as a success mentor at a local elementary school, and also with the community organization, Banner Neighborhoods.
In Laura’s words: “I’m feeling grateful for my mom, who has always been a support to my brother and me. In good times and bad, she always did her best to be the best mom she could be. I admire her for her work ethic and resilience. she is one of the best friends I could ask for!
I also admire parents who put their kids in after school programs like Banner Neighborhoods. For many parents, it allows them to work longer hours to support their kids, while making sure they are supervised.”
Community Fellow: Yuby Hernandez
Working/Serving: with the Mayor’s initiative to improve attendance in schools. She will also be an “energy mentor” and help teach students about saving energy.
In Yuby’s words: “I really feel grateful for the friends and family that I have. They support me in so many ways and allow me to always pursue what I think best.
They make my life amazing, and I am so grateful. A school environment can sometimes act like a family or second family for kids, so I am grateful to be working in this capacity.”
Community Fellow: Leah Silver
Working/Serving: with the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service, focusing on tech tutoring for all ages and graduation coaching for high schoolers. I am also working closely with the Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia, developing after school science programs as well as various programming for young girls at their Germantown Unit.
In Leah’s words: “I am feeling incredibly grateful for the support I have from my family and friends. No matter what, they are always the positive light that shines in my life, helping me remain focused and, more importantly, fully engaged and excited about pursuing a career in service, one that I am extremely passionate about. Without them, I would not be who I am or where I am today.
All of the organizations I am working with focus largely on youth development which heavily relates to what I am grateful for in this moment. My family and friends have shaped me into the person I am today and I can only hope to have such an impact on the amazing children that I am so fortunate to work with this year.”
Community Fellow: Emma Adelman
Working/Serving: with a JF&CS (Jewish Family and Children’s Services) program called Age Well Wheels. In this program, volunteer drivers would go online and find senior citizens who need rides to get to doctor appointments or to go the grocery store or even to have lunch with a friend. In partnering with JF&CS we hope to give senior citizens more chances to be social and get out of their homes.
In Emma’s words: “I am grateful to have such a supportive family. In the last year, I went through some very trying times, including struggling with school, friends, and organizations that I cared a great deal about. My family (3 brothers and parents) have been there texting, calling, and constantly making jokes to pick me up. It means the world.
Age Well is working to ensure that senior citizens in Pittsburgh can be social and interact with the larger community. In a lot of ways, this all goes back to family: being supportive of one another and caring for each other. While the senior citizens I interact with may not be my grandparents, they are someones and are extremely supportive of what we are doing here in Pittsburgh.”
What are you feeling grateful for today? Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting us at @repairtheworld.