US Ambassador James Costos with the volunteers./ Picture: US Embassy.
Julio García. Madrid.
Employees from the US Embassy in Spain and their relatives, as well as people participating in different exchange programmes supported by the State Department, have participated in a day of voluntary work at the Municipal Centre for the Elderly “El Almendro”, in the neighbourhood of Vicálvaro.
35 volunteers have worked preparing the garden of this municipal centre in an initiative organized by the US Embassy, in collaboration with the City Council of Madrid. For 4 hours, the participants have worked the land, they have replanted the garden and they have prepared the area having the help of a group of voluntary elders from the centre.
Besides, a group of young entrepreneurs from the company Gobox Projects, led by one of the members of the council of young advisors of the embassy, has joined this intergenerational initiative to organize additional activities in the centre with those elders who have not been able to participate in the works at the garden.
“This is an opportunity for the Embassy to give back something to this country”, affirms Costos
The North American ambassador in Spain, James Costos, has visited the centre for the elderly accompanied by the delegate of the area in the Government of Family, Social Services and Public Participation, Dolores Navarro, and has seen the work carried out by the volunteers.
The ambassador Costos has thanked the City Council for its help “to make this volunteer day possible on three consecutive years” and he has highlighted that “this is an opportunity for the Embassy’s staff and their families, as well as for the American community in Madrid, to give something back to this country that has given them so much”.
The embassy of the USA has affirmed that this volunteer day is a unique opportunity to support the Spanish society and to share the values of service, which are so important for the American society.