It probably goes without saying that here in Baltimore, the last few days have been remarkable. The vibe is pure joy. There is no hubris, and no one is feeling smug. Rather, there is the palpable delight of an underdog that fought hard and proved the pundits (even Nate Silver!) wrong.
If a Superbowl victory were not sweet enough, those of us in the AmeriCorps world have another reason to celebrate: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee made the game more interesting by wagering AmeriCorps service projects.
According to The NonProfit Times, the mayors agreed that the mayor of the losing team’s city would come to the winning team’s city to do a major service project with the aid of AmeriCorps members. This truly win-win arrangement was preceded by a day of service in New Orleans called the Super Saturday of Service, during which local volunteers revitalized 5 playgrounds.
Stay tuned for news of Mayor Lee’s Charm City service project…