The first few weeks of YVCKC’s Summer of Service 2014 have been PHENOMENAL!
All of the youth volunteers have been working really hard to accomplish the tasks that are delegated to them by the agencies. I have seen many great friendships form between the volunteers and a lot of connections have been made between the youth and the agencies. It feels amazing on Thursdays when the week’s project is over and we can all reflect on everything that we accomplished throughout the week. Here are some of the highlights from the projects that I have been on:
SANCTUARY OF HOPE: We learned a lot of fun facts about the history of Sanctuary of Hope (it used to be a dairy farm, then it was an insane asylum, and now it is a retreat center). The volunteers MASTERED the art of mulching and learned that two-person wheel-barrowing is the best way to get the job done. I think the best part was eating fresh mulberries, strawberries, and cherries right off the plant.
I.E.J. FARMS: The volunteers became pros at building fence; they measured the correct distance between each pole, dug the perfect holes, mixed cement, filled the holes, put in the poles, and hung the fence themselves. We also weeded plant beds, tilled soil, and planted vegetable seeds. The youth had a lot of fun with the porta-potty, and they enjoyed the unexpected visits from the garden owner’s dog. And we MADE OUR MARK in one of the fence pole cement blocks; it will forever read “YVCKC”.
ROSEDALE DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION: The group had a lot of fun picking up trash throughout the neighborhood, and playing games along the way. We learned the secrets of the “Black Magic” icebreaker, and the best ways to play pterodactyl. The July heat is a little troublesome, but with shady trees and UNEXPECTED POPSICLES, we are still able to work hard and get a lot accomplished.
I am so greatful to work with an organization as AWESOME as YVCKC, and I am so proud of all the volunteers who devote their summer to helping others. As the summer begins to wind down, I am very excited to see what adventures are awaiting!
~Kori Hines, 2014 Student Leader
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