Jefferson Patch: Some teens spend their summer vacations on trips to the Jersey Shore, European excursions and cruises might come to mind. But one group of teens spent their summer vacation cleaning homes, weeding and spending time with adults with developmental disabilities, all by choice, just to make a difference.
For the past six years, the Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD) has had the opportunity to receive much needed help from teenage volunteers who have assisted with yard work, cleaning and maintenance in their group homes.
The volunteers came from Catholic Heart Work Camp (CHWC). CHWC’s mission is to “serve the neglected, brokenhearted and marginalized in any way needed.” They strive to “revitalize communities and beautify homes for the elderly, disabled and those who cannot afford needed repairs.”
“The hours the Work Camp volunteers spend at DPD are so important to us,” said DPD Executive Director Scott Milliken. “We have a tight budget and a thin maintenance staff. The volunteers’ contributions allow us to beautify our homes and further improve the lives of the people who live in them,” he added.
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