|Youth volunteers spruce up brigade area
Source: Jasmine Perry
17 July 2008
Youth volunteers spruce up brigade area
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by Jasmine Perry
Forty community volunteers of all ages gathered Saturday morning in front of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team headquarters to complete an area beautification project developed by the Youth Volunteer Corp for the summer.
Volunteers worked the morning away clearing, digging and planting new growth to landscape the area around the 173rd’s flagpole and monument to fallen Soldiers. The youth brainstormed a number of ideas for their summer project, but finally decided this one was most fitting.
“I enjoy giving back to the community after what the Soldiers have done for us,” said 16-yearold youth volunteer Federica Wade.
“I thought that it would be nice to do something for the Soldiers and thank them for their sacrifices,” echoed 15-year-old Bianca Lee, also a youth volunteer.
“This program provides youth in our community with volunteer opportunities, trainings and workshops,” said Randie Gibson, Army Volunteer Corp coordinator
for the installation. “The purpose is to provide a foundation for the community youth to understand and develop the spirit of volunteerism.
“This foundation will help better prepare them for a lifetime of community service and will assist in their pursuit of higher education,” Gibson continued, noting the importance of community service when youth apply for colleges or universities.
Following the completion of the project, all volunteers were treated to a BBQ held at the Teen Center to thank them for their hard work. Sixteen-year-old Lauren
VanDerlugt summed up the event. “It’s good to help people in the community,” said she said. Even thought the group project is over, there are still opportunities for youth and adults to volunteer.