Ah, spring. The sun comes out, the leaves on trees unfurl. Signs of new life can be found in the blooming of crocuses, daffodils and ... phones and mailboxes?
Wait, that's just me and ACIL supporter Marcello Bruno working on The Village, our newest program for young people living on Staten Island. But they are signs of new life all the same! The Village, which will serve as a drop-in center for young people on the North Shore of Staten Island, is coming together at 1100 Castleton Avenue with the support (and sweat) of our ACIL community and partners. Piece by piece, we are building something that will provide crucial resources and services to young people in need. After more than 75 years of serving children and continuing Monsignor Carroll-Abbing's legacy overseas, there is a unique joy in seeing a Boys' & Girls' Town come to life in my own city.
While we have already begun offering services to young people living in NYC, we can't wait until we officially open the doors of The Village to offer daily programming and much-needed resources. I hope you will join us in establishing the first US-based Town in our 76-year history by making a gift today. There is so much to be done, but we know that insieme, tutto è possibile - together, everything is possible!
P.S. In last month's Note, I introduced you to our eight high school interns and their campaign to raise funds for children overseas. I am thrilled to say that they exceeded their goal of $2,880 this week! You can still make a gift or leave them congratulations here.