FACT Service Project Rewarding for Students

Students of JSN’s FACT program are partaking in a service project at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, in Chester County, volunteering at its village of approximately 100 residents that includes adults with developmental disabilities. Residents of the farming and handcrafting community, consisting of 432 acres, participate in a variety of duties, including planting crops, preparing plant beds, working in the gardens, feeding the chickens, collecting eggs, milking the cows and mucking stalls. The village also has a large Arts and Crafts building with looms for weaving. A unique feature of the Camphill community is that dedicated volunteers live and work together with those with special needs. On their first visit, the students helped the residents prepare beds for grapevines and the next visit, the group planted the grapevines in the beds. Chamaio Cheyenne-Rindge, President of FACT NSGA said, “the overall experience was wonderful. We were given the opportunity see the baby cows on the farm, which was a lot of fun! Everyone there is so kind and it was a great experience.” Over 60 students have signed up to volunteer at the village in the future, so Cheyenne-Rindge hopes to make this a long sustaining relationship between JSN and and Camphill Village.

 

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Published: 11-17-2011

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