June 20-22, we spent our mornings volunteering with kids from the Marguerite Neel Williams Boys & Girls Club. This is our 3rd year partnering with the Boys & Girls Club to incorporate volunteer service into their summer camp program.
Our overall theme was Human Services – volunteering at local non-profits which provide basic services that all people should have access to: safe housing with Habitat For Humanity, food with Second Harvest, and a connection to the community with The Scott Senior Center.
At Habitat For Humanity, our student volunteers did not let the dreary, drizzly weather get them down. Instead, they cheerfully cleaned and organized the Habitat warehouse which the organization hopes to turn into a Re/Store which will sell surplus and donated building materials to raise money for their mission. Armed with work gloves and face masks, our group sorted and organized tools, stacked windows and doors, and removed trash and debris.
At Second Harvest, they sorted, organized and packed box after box of food items in the salvage area and the “store”, making these items readily available and accessible to groups like the Thomas County Food Bank and Rescue Mission Soup Kitchen which provide them to neighbors in need.
At The Scott Senior Center, young met older, but young at heart! Using crafts as an ice breaker and gift to the seniors who frequent the center, the kids found that sometimes the simplest way to make a difference in your community is to reach out to those who live in it with you. A smile, a kind word, a good deed can go a long way. When we left, it was hugs for everyone!
Thank you to everyone who participated, and to all of our donors, especially Diamond Level & Above Sponsors Mr. & Mrs. Clint Kadel, Dr. & Mrs. Philip Watt, Ashley HomeStore, The Gift Shop, and the Thomasville Antiques Show Foundation.