Volunteers Build Community at 21 Acres

Volunteers Build Community at 21 Acres

  • posted on: March 24, 2017
  • posted by: Robin Crowder
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We’re celebrating five years as an educational center at 21 Acres all year long and dedicating activities to say, “thank you” and show our gratitude to the community.

When reflecting upon the past five years, what does our staff deem the most integral part of the organization? It’s the volunteers sharing their time, talents and laughter that have been the key to their success.

“It’s time to say thank you to all the volunteers,” says founder and President, Gretchen Garth. “All of the staff appreciate the work and collaboration with our volunteers as we find ourselves learning along side each other as we tackle projects. We’ve built a dynamic educational program with the help of the community.”

In acknowledgement of the thousands of hours of contributions, 21 Acres invites all volunteers, past and present, to share in this celebratory year. On Saturday, April 22nd, in conjunction with the “Bee Sweet to the Earth” Earth Day event, volunteers are invited to visit and relish in their accomplishments.

From planting, weeding and harvesting on the farm, to assisting with kitchen preparations or with an event, to conducting crop and soil research, to leading a tour, to marketing and technology, volunteers have helped build the broader 21 Acres community with their insight and knowledge.

“We’ve hosted groups from local colleges, area businesses and service organizations,” Gretchen said, “as well as individuals who care about contributing to their community. The Boy Scouts alone have committed hundreds of hours and built numerous Eagle Scout projects on campus.”

Have you been a volunteer here at 21 Acres? Do you know someone who has? We want to acknowledge the contributions and celebrate the accomplishments of all volunteers at the April 22nd event, and throughout the year. (And, if you’re a Boy Scout or Eagle Scout who has been a volunteer at 21 Acres, join us at the base of our campus flagpole at 1 p.m. for a special recognition ceremony.) Contact RobynLynn to share your information and to let us know you plan to attend. Please encourage others to do the same.

Do you recognize anyone in this photo of Comcast Family and Friends volunteers from the early days at 21 Acres? If so, let them know we’re inviting all volunteers, past and present, to attend the April 22nd Earth Day event to honor the their contributions and accomplishments. Help us to spread the word and share with your family and friends.