Youth corps gives el­derly hous­ing fa­cil­ity with help­ing hand

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

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.

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