The White Sox inaugural Volunteer Corps event on May 9 was special in so many ways - and we have the stories and photos to prove it! Check out the written submissions from the day's volunteers below.
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There are not enough words to express my feelings about the amazing day I experienced on Saturday, May 9 when I participated in the inaugural Volunteer Corps event. How wonderful to be teamed up with City Year (Group 7) and White Sox representatives, players, coaches and fellow fans all working together to make a difference and give back to the community. I feel that doing these types of things, of course, is to help others but that we, in turn, got so much back is absolutely incredible! It was truly heartwarming to walk around that huge building, inside and out and see what a few hundred volunteers could get accomplished. So much was accomplished and it was more fun than work especially because we were doing it for kids and being surrounded by people with a common goal and that they were all Sox fans - oh my goodness! I think the word will spread because our enthusiasm has to be contagious. I hope to be able to participate in another event and would like to enlist my 14-year old daughter and 11-year old son to serve.
Thank you for your terrific work, feeding us a great lunch and getting us to and from the Valentine Boys/Girls Club. I can only imagine the work that City Year, you and your staff had to do to prepare for this and then to have you as part of our team painting the lockers was an extra nice touch. The White Sox organization is first rate and I feel incredible pride and happiness having been a part of it all.
Early Saturday morning, I found myself in the C parking lot at U.S. Cellular Field. I had a nametag with team number 4 on it and was making my way to the Dunkin' Donuts cart to get a munchkin or two. Soon, we were told to report to our team leaders, and in our groups, we played a name game. With "Sushi" Shay as my leader, I was ready to get to work. Once the mayor, the governor and the White Sox players were introduced, we boarded buses to go to our locations. Once on the bus, we were surprised as one of the many White Sox players boarded the bus with us. Mark Salas was on my bus and others such as: A.J. Pierzynski, Jermaine Dye, Jim Thome, Mark Buehrle and Ozzie Guillen were on other buses. My group was brought to the Valentines Boys and GIrls Club, just a few blocks away. We filed in to the gym, and were then set off to our separate projects. Group 4 was sent to a children's art room, and we could pick between painting the alphabet and numbers, or painting the backs to benches. My mother and I went to a bench that we could work together on, while my father picked another bench on the same table. On the benches were quotes or sayings that were associated with many powerful people such as: Michael Jordan, Barack Obama, Malcom X and Miles Davis. Once working until lunch, we walked down into the auditorium. Only after working for a few hours, the club was looking much brighter and more cheerful. You could tell that everyone at lunch was really happy about the progress we were making. The people from City Year walked from room to room to see the many different projects that were going on. As I saw my bench go from just penciled in letters on a gray piece of wood to a colorful back of a bench, I was happy and proud of what I had done. Once my bench was finished, I went on to painting a sign that would be hung up about what the goal of boys and girls clubs were. I truly enjoyed my experience, and with the radio on and the City Year people encouraging and helping us, I was really proud of what the entire White Sox Volunteer Corps had accomplished. As I walked through the rooms that we worked on, I saw murals and bright colors and I wanted to come after school on Monday to see the kids reaction to the work we had done. I had so much fun working and it felt good to know I would be making a difference to another kid in Chicago. I would love to do more work with the White Sox Volunteer Corps, and I urge my fellow Chicago kids to join the core with their parents as well. It was a really fun experience and I really enjoyed it, Go Sox!
I thought the event was very well organized and we all had a lot of fun working on the project we were assigned which was a combination planter & bench. Here's a picture of the finished product.
Just a note to thank the White Sox and everyone involved in a fantastic day on Saturday. Everyone that I spoke to Saturday said that the day far exceeded their expectations. I know I can speak for everyone by saying we appreciate the motivation, organization and spirit you and City Year exhibited. The support of the players was a real bonus and indicative of how they are as real people. Thanks!! A proud White Sox volunteer.
I have a new spring in my step and song in my heart. Volunteering to help others is truly the root of all love. I had the joy of painting the Martin Luther King Jr. mural and was truly honored. I spent the day with my son that I don't get to spend much time with, I met people I would have never met in my whole life and I vowed to show at every single one of these events. Seeing Christie say thank you as she was leaving and seeing her choke back tears showed me the gratitude she felt. I choked back tears myself as the principal told us that we gave her an early mothers day gift. Little does she realize, you all gave me one. I will never forget that day. I will hold it near and dear to my heart forever. Thank you for allowing us to share these events with you. It was truly magical. See you at the next one,
Team Liston Cares
P.S. Those kids at City Year Rocked!!!! I enclosed 2 pictures of my magical day.
I thought it was a perfect day! I signed up with my daughter in the hopes that it would give her an opportunity to see what community service is all about. She was excited that we would be painting because its one of her favorite things to do. It was great to see how much was accomplished in the few hours we spent at Holy Angels. And it was even better when my daughter and her friend thanked me for asking them to come help because they had so much fun helping other people! I thought that was pretty amazing from 2 twelve year olds who missed a softball game to volunteer. I think the highlight of their day was painting with Gavin Floyd and his wife.
My name is Denise and I was part of the Volunteer Corps on Saturday, May 9th. To be totally honest, I woke up in the morning, looked out the window and debated whether or not to go. I am not a spring chicken anymore and thought maybe I am too old for this and why put myself through this when I really don't know what to expect.
But I had made the commitment, got dressed and drove down to the Cell. When I pulled up to the parking lot and saw all the people parking their cars and walking towards the Cell, I began to feel much better about the whole experience. As I went to register, the girls there indicated that there would be another person working who had the same last name as me. It was my sister-in-law, so I thought at least I would know somebody there.
As it turned out I was assigned to the Holy Angels School and she was assigned to the Valentine Boys and Girls Club so we did not work together. That being said, it was a blessing in disguise as I met and worked with some wonderful people.
We worked in the "Game Room" in the basement of Holy Angels. We painted murals, made benches and book cases and hung posters. The talent and ability in that room was amazing. Nobody questioned any decision that had been made by either the White Sox or City Year organizations. Everything was done with great enthusiasm and joy. The only regrets heard at the end of the day were in regards to our inability to do more at that school for these kids.
I must admit that I did not expect the mayor, governor, White Sox players and Ozzie to partake in any part of this day. It was definitely unexpected but truly welcome by me and other volunteers.
At the end of the day I was able to exchange telephone numbers and e-mails with several volunteers. We will get together and attend games in the future as well as (hopefully) work together again.
My thanks go to the White Sox organization and City Year organizers.
First off I would like to Thank you for allowing me as a fan to do something so wonderful. I am deeply involved in community service projects and this was one of my highlights.
I was the team captain to the Grinder Girls and Boys of Chicago. We painted murals in classrooms and built new bookcases, arranged a new reading room. It was amazing and truly the best Mother's day gift I received as my kids were there and really put forth a stellar effort. It made me very proud to see them give back and give up a lazy Saturday for kids who needed it.
Dear White Sox, As a participant of the Volunteer Corps event this past Saturday, I wanted to give a big "Well Done" to the White Sox and City Year organizers. Our Team 12 leader, David,was fantastic. Thanks for a great day! Sincerely, Jim McGovern
Had a great time and great experience. Was nice meeting new people and being able to work together with them for such a good cause. Would have been nice to have the players around our area a little more, but was nice they were there for the event. Attached are a couple pictures.
Thank You for forming the Volunteer Corp. It was an amazing time spending my Saturday giving back to the community. I felt the project was well organized and well lead. I was amazed to see how big the opening ceremony was. I never expected to see the number of city and state officials come out to a volunteer kick off program. It was just as amazing to see current BIG name players come out on game day to see us and escort us to our job sights..Overall is was an amazing experince and I can't wait for the next project.Thank you for this opportunity to serve.