Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Staples Foundation for Learning Announce Finalists of National Service Project
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington - Vancouver, WA
Operation Birdhouse Project
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest WashingtonTorch Club wanted to develop a project that would teach them how to reuse recycled materials and also be beneficial to the community. Club members used recycled milk cartons to build birdhouses and birdfeeders. They decided to make this a Club-wide project and invited younger Club members to help decorate the birdhouses. Club members then donated the birdhouses to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. As part of an ongoing program, Torch Club members volunteer at the refuge, assist in maintaining the birdhouses and help refuge staff with other responsibilities.
Boys & Girls Club of Vineland - Vineland, NJ
Project GROW Community GardenProject
The Boys & Girls Club of Vineland Torch Club wanted to develop a project that would revitalize the grounds of their Club facility. Torch Club members worked with local businesses and master gardeners to transform an empty lot near the Club into a community garden. Through the Club members' efforts, the Project GROW Community Garden Project was created and has transcended into a community-wide co-op garden that local residents enjoy.
Town of Wallkill Boys & Girls Club - Circleville, NY
Butterfly Garden Project
Town of Wallkill Boys & Girls ClubTorch Club decided to create a "green" project that would benefit their school grounds and community for years. To achieve their goal, youth planted a butterfly garden after learning many butterfly habitats had been lost by the building of nearby homes and roads. As part of the project, Club members volunteered at local farms and nurseries to learn about butterfly gardening. With donations of plants, flowers and topsoil, the Torch Club members prepared and planted the garden and presented their project to the local community during a public dedication ceremony.