This past weekend, our Venturing crew, which serves as the parish teen youth group, did some leaf raking for the elderly in our neighborhood. We teamed up with SAJE – an ecumenical organization made up of four local churches, including our own parish, which serves the elderly in our community. Several seniors had contacted them asking for help with their yard-work.
So our group of eight teens did a “yard blitz”. At the first house, there weren’t many leaves to rake, but we cleaned out a garden and trimmed some bushes. At the second house, we raked up gumballs from a sweet gum tree. And at the third house, there were plenty of leaves to rake.
Afterwards, we went to the local Episcopal church, which is a member of SAJE, and we had pizza and cookies. The pastor of the church explained the many things that SAJE does to help our aged neighbors and the teens got a chance to ask some questions.
Overall, we spent about three hours on this service project and the teens felt like they were able to really help their older neighbors.