Effie Benz of the mission group YouthWorks paints a landing recently at The Priory retreat in Chestertown while her fellow workers Madison Wiedehoeft (left rear) and Austin Maconty watch her progress. The three were among 700 teens who visited northern Warren County this summer, and worked as volunteers sprucing up churches, homes of the elderly and various municipal facilities.
Photo by Thom Randall.
continued Kawatski said the program annually introduces youth to community service while they learn about the local culture, and form relationships with people of all generations.
“We have really enjoyed meeting the people we’ve worked with and learning about the area,”he said. “We’re already looking forward to coming back next year.”
Teresa Whalen of Warrensburgh Beautification said the YouthWorks volunteers worked with her several times per week groups at various sites around town.
The youth landscaped at the Warrensburg town hall, the Warrensburgh Farmer’s Market, the various local school gardens, and at the town Senior Center.
They cleared property, plus planted native species along Main St., at the schools, and at town parks. Also, at the Warrensburg Community garden, the teenagers planted an asparagus bed, and built a set of composting devices, Whalen said.
“It’s inspiring to experience their incredible spirit of volunteerism,” she said. “And it’s exciting to get all these projects accomplished — YouthWorks is a wonderful program.”