Find a need and fill it.
—Ruth Stafford Peale
Recently, through a partnership with the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging, a group representing the Infinity Team raked leaves for a senior couple in Colchester.
Per its mission statement, the ten-student-strong Infinity House has embarked upon an important community-based volunteer service and learning experience endeavor that aligns with the students’ curriculum and personal goals. The group has collectively amassed more than one hundred hours of volunteerism through such organizations as Colchester Community Food Shelf, the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging, the Town of Colchester’s Parks and Recreation department, and Lucy’s House, as well as others.
“They solved a big problem for me,” Colchester citizen Jim Daley said. “They were very helpful, very polite, very efficient—they were in and out in about an hour and a half.”
We have discussed the importance of community partnerships here in CSD Spotlight a number of times, and it bears repeating because it has a cumulative, mutually beneficial effect. As we’ve mentioned before, when our community members benefit from our students’ substantial efforts, they are more likely to support our students … and when our students feel supported, they are more likely to give back. The entire community benefits when everyone commits to making ongoing positive contributions.
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