Teen Outreach Program from Marshaltown spent two days cleaning up their community to prepare for the beautiful spring time. This was collective work done by 89 middle school students. "Our groups accomplished a lot of clean up in and around the school yard, near by neighborhoods, and parks. They were able to meet some of the elderly women we served with this project, the groups saw how much could be accomplished with a common goal, some organization, and good working attitudes. The groups were involved in each phase of this service project and felt good about what they had accomplished. Students worked hard but had fun working together." - Lana, service facilitator.
uVoice students and members of the Drake Women’s basketball team helped clean-up and prepare a community orchard for the Forest Ave Neighborhood. Students raked leaves and debris, sanded and painted picnic tables, and cut down bushes and shrubs. While the Community Orchard is in the preliminary steps, after all the fruit trees are planted the trees will produce years and years of fresh food for the community. The youth were exposed to a unique idea of a community orchard and got to know each other more while serving alongside one another.
If you're looking for ways to get involved throughout the community, consider volunteering at Hiatt Middle School on May 15th. Viva East Bank will be launching a community garden, planting flowers, making crafts for senior center residents and other meaningful projects that make our communities stronger and more beautiful. There are two shifts available (8:00-11:00 a.m. or 10:30-2:30 p.m.). You can also check out our calendar for a variety of opportunities!