One of our favorite aspects to Venturing are the opportunities created to give back to our community. The last week in September afforded us two opportunities of service. Both service projects benefited important organizations positively impacting the Chillicothe area.
Friday evening brought us to the 2nd Annual Chillicothe Weekend Snackpac Fundraiser. Chillicothe Weekend Snackpac provides sack lunches to the students of Illinois Valley Central School District who otherwise would go hungry during the weekend. We played a handful of roles at the fundraiser. A few of us bused tables and refilled patrons’ drinks while others of us took turns serving the meal and informing the kitchen of what needed refilled.
It’s always nice being the kitchen help, you get fed well! To have the opportunity to serve the Weekend Snackpac program is really more of a blessing to the members of the crew than it is to the program. There is such a large need not only in Chillicothe but throughout the country. Children go hungry on the weekends but with the assistance of the Chillicothe Weekend Snackpac program fewer children are feeling the pangs of hunger.
The morning started a little dreary but soon the Saturday sun made an appearance at the Chillicothe River Sweep. We met other Chillicotheans at Cutright Park to patrol the beaches for trash and unwanted debris. Crew 91 partnered up for the morning with members of Troop 91. We combed the beaches and parks and were rewarded with bags and bags of trash. The highlight of of patroling would probably be the baby snapping turtle we found or the discarded headless cement swan.
There are endless opportunities to volunteer and serve in your local community. For ideas contact your local food pantry, chamber of commerce, school district or pet shelter. There’s no need to be bored when there are countless ways to lend a hand, a shovel or a smile. Happy serving!