Youth corps gives elderly housing facility with helping hand
Eight members of the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps donate their labor to enhance the perennial gardens at the Franklin Homestead and the Carriage House in Franklin recently. They were on loan, so to speak, from their work with the Franklin Watershed committee.
“Every year they (Franklin Watershed committee) share their services,” said Stacy Silloway, director of the Franklin Homestead and the Carriage House, “for which we are extremely grateful because we have these huge, gorgeous gardens that take a lot of maintenance. They did a lot of tidying up and pruning and weeding; taking out the little trees that pop up all over. It’s been a really wonderful thing.”
“It’s a nice outdoor position to teach outdoor stewardship to young people,” said Hummel, an employee of Americorps Vista. “It won’t get you rich, just rich in character,” she chuckled. Parmenter, who has taught English and Environmental Studies all over the world, most recently in China, said that the job was fun.
“Being outside doing work that I find meaningful makes me happy. There’s a lot I can learn from service job opportunities around the US and outside of the US; just traveling and learning about the world and doing my best to make it a little better,” she said.
l-r) Virginia’s Ella Wegman; Liliana Frankel, PA; Theo Sutton; Brighde Moffat, Craftsbury; co-leader Kenneth Hummel, NC; Colin Buckhout, NY; Martin Badot, TX; and co-leader Brett Parmenter, CA. Missing is team leader Mike Avery of Burlington.