What a great first day of Project Impact Summer Service Camp! Our goal this week is to complete TWO service projects every day. That is a lot of good!
Our first day focused on Human Services – helping to provide the basic needs that everyone needs to live a happy, safe, and healthy life: housing, healthcare, clean air and water, and especially food.
Today, we focused on the idea of food insecurity. More than 21% of the population of Thomas County is considered food insecure, meaning they don’t have the means and/or reliable access to healthy food options. Thankfully, there are organizations in our area that work daily to address this issue.
Our morning was spent at Thomasville Community Resource Center which provides educational and exploratory opportunities to local kids. They have partnered with Keep Thomas County Beautiful which promotes litter pick-ups, recycling, and sustainability, to create a Community Teaching Garden allowing kids (and adults) to learn how to grow their own food. Fresh and healthy vegetables, herbs, and fruit are readily available to the families of TCRC and the surrounding neighborhood thanks to the support of volunteers like our campers. We weeded, mulched, planted, and tasted our way through the extensive garden. In less than two hours, we completed what would have taken their main volunteer gardener months to do.
Our afternoon was spent with Second Harvest of South Georgia, our area’s largest food bank, packing food boxes for local families. In less than two hours, our campers packed 5 pallets of pantry boxes containing food staples which will feed 425 local families!
Today was hard, but impactful work. We are proud of these kids and their determination and enthusiasm. We look forward to seeing what they accomplish throughout the rest of the week!
Special thanks to these Diamond Level & above Sponsors, The Thomasville Antiques Show Foundation, and all of our donors and sponsors for making volunteer programs and events like these possible.