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Serve the City manifest

There’s a line in every city
that separates the rich from the poor,
the strong from the weak,
the haves from the have-nots.
It’s a street, the train tracks,
the river, a sidewalk.

On one side there is safety,
on the other there is danger.
On one side there is security,
on the other, fear.
On one side kids go to college,
work pays well,
needs are hidden behind drawn curtains
and consumable goods.
On the other life is pretty raw.

It’s time to cross the line.

Serve the City mobilizes volunteers
to show kindness in practical ways
to people in need.
We partner with homeless shelters,
refugee centers, orphanages,
and other associations,
and invite volunteers to offer
practical help and support.

Serve the City projects are often simple:
sports, music, arts and crafts,
language courses, games with children,
serving food, and cutting hair.
We are the connection between
the good intentions of people who could serve
and a meaningful opportunity to do so.

And that’s where it starts.
We cross the line from where we are and serve.
But that’s not where it stops.
The dream of Serve the City is everyone serving.
As quickly as possible we invite those we have served
To join us in serving the next time.

Serve the City is for everyone.
It’s a revolution, a serving revolution.
And it’s going to change the world.
We know them by their needs.
What if we knew them by name?

Cross the line.

Serve the City.