“I am writing to express my concern in the aftermath of this international tragedy. I am writing because when I first heard of the attacks in Paris, France, my first thoughts were of a young woman whom I had been close with in my high school years who had taken up pursuing studies in the European continent. After a moment of fear, it dawned on me that she was in Italy and not France, but for that brief moment I experienced such despair and concern like never before. It brought me closer to those with a multitude of colleagues in France, such as the visitors from Unis-Cite we met last Friday, co-founder Anne-Claire Pache and Nacer Tafer, a member of the first cohort of Corps Members. I can’t begin to fathom what our allies at Unis-Cite may be experiencing.
I am not sure how much value my words will hold in such an extreme scenario such as this. I am hopeful that feelings of uncertainty and concern can soon be removed and their stead allow faith and optimism to blossom. I am driven to share this with those at Unis-Cité from myself, a Corps Member at Green City Force. Though on different continents, we have all been awakened to the significance of national service. I wish all the best and for the safety of our French allies and colleagues and aspire for the days of a better, sustainable future where there is a more established meaning to life as a whole. May we continue to sprout positivity from the places impacted by Green City Force in the United States, to the many cities of France revolutionized by Unis-Cité and beyond.
Our two missions are aligned and we are reminded for what and for whom we serve. In these darker times let our diligence and determination shine. Such a message can probably never be captured in mere words, but through actions of the men and women in our uniforms, reshaping our respective communities with each new day.
Kevin Gonzalez, Green City Force