Hey everybody, long time no see!
Sorry for the lack of posts - Summer has been busy to say the least! In total, 225 desks have been made and donated to students in need. Super proud of that number!
However - with school approaching and the majority going back into the building, I have seen the need for desks drop. So, I pivoted.
Serve Camp is a summer program that empowers and inspires young people to make change happen. They reached out to me and asked if I’d be willing to help with a project. Since then I have guided groups of 15-20 kids and shown them how to build raised garden beds, picnic tables and flower boxes. I have truly enjoyed the experience and am proud to present the (almost) finished Hope Park, located at Mobile Hope Leesburg (For context - Mobile Hope is an organization located in Leesburg that helps homeless and struggling youth / families).
The goal was to make a space where these kids can come to and unwind, relax and enjoy the outdoors. With my instruction, the kid and teen workers made 8 raised flower beds, 16 flower boxes and 1 picknick table. I used around $2,500 of Lowe’s gift cards on tools and wood for Hope Park and I’m so happy it’s turning out great!
The space will soon have a stage, fire pit, and chairs. Will post more photos as it comes together!
As for right now, I’m currently on a looonnng plane to Oregon. I have family up there and have wanted to visit for a while. Will be back in town in 2 weeks.
If you all have any questions, or any suggestions as to what my next project should be, please comment them! I need another volunteer task now that this is winding down. I still have roughly $4500 of Lowe’s Gift cards left from Ellen DeGeneres. Can’t wait to keep using them for good.
Thank you all and have a great one!