While many high school students spend their summers enjoying the pool, playing sports, or hanging out with friends, the young philanthropists of the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation’s Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) started their summer by volunteering at the West Bloomington Active Garden (WBAG), which was a grant recipient of the 2016-2017 YEP program year. The YEP members decided to have their first meeting of the 2017-2018 program year by volunteering at this local nonprofit and introducing the new members to an example of YEP’s philanthropic giving.
The volunteer opportunity started with the returning members leading the newest YEP members through icebreakers, an introduction to YEP and the importance of the volunteer opportunity at WBAG. Colleen Connelly, founder of WBAG and a YEP alumni, provided an introduction to the garden, then told the youth how YEP’s funding contributed to the growth of the community garden that helps provide fresh produce to families across Bloomington-Normal. The young philanthropists then had the opportunity to bust out their gardening gloves and get their hands dirty weeding a variety of gardens.
To learn more about West Bloomington Active Garden, check out their Facebook page.