In 2005, some friends of ours in Brussels began Serve the City as a summer festival meant to empower people to bring about change in their community through a variety of service projects. As they shared with us about how much of a positive initiative it was to their city and to everyone involved in serving, we thought it sounded like something that would work well in Dublin. Through the generous sponsorships of various businesses and community groups in the summer of 2006, we gathered a group of local and international volunteers for a week of community service all across South Dublin.
Shortly thereafter, as more people took interest in what we were doing and as the coordinating team began to grow, we decided to do everything we could to make Serve the City a more regular service initiative. At present, our objective is to mobilize volunteers to serve once a month.