“Everyone has the power for greatness – not for fame, but greatness, because greatness is determined by service.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Every summer, Appel Farm Arts & Music Center welcomes lots of creative young individuals, and strives to help them grow into their best selves. Campers should learn to value the concept of community and how to be a productive citizen, so it was only natural to invite alumni and friends to meet up with us at National Days of Service in the Philadelphia area and New York City. Appel Farm also provides programs for young people in local communities with Families to College, Pathways, and Arts Lab, so we wanted to be sure we stayed close to home as well.
In support of the M25/Code Blue Initiative, the EmpowerCorps Bridgeton members, along with a few of the students from Appel Farm’s Families to College* program, prepared food at Bethany Grace Church in Bridgeton. This project was special, as many of the program participants are passionate about the local homeless initiative. The volunteers provided something that many of those who frequent the warming station wouldn’t normally have the chance to indulge in; a hot, hearty breakfast of sausage gravy, biscuits, sausage links, scrambled eggs, toast, & orange juice. What a fantastic day of service it was for mentors and students to serve side-by-side.
Families to College participants learned so much, had amazing experiences, and connected with the community … all while growing as individuals and as engaged citizens.
*Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, United Advocacy Group, City of Bridgeton, and Cumberland County College are the four community partners in the Families to College initiative that cultivates family bonds and improves academic and employment success through a comprehensive whole-family mentoring program.