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!
The cold, icky, icy weather always seems to make an appearance the weekend before Christmas. Unfortunately for Crew 91 and other community volunteers the weekend before Christmas means facing all the beautiful elements thrown our way. But no amount of sleet, snow and ice could keep us away on our favorite weekend of the year. The annual Chillicothe Community Christmas Baskets are put together and delivered on the Saturday before Christmas.
This year a total of 107 families were provided with food baskets for Christmas. The community donates canned food and other non-perishable food items, brings them to the high school and assembles Christmas baskets for those who need them most. From Kroger Grocery every family receives butter, crackers, potatoes, oranges and apples, carrots and a bag of candy for each child.
We helped assemble cardboard boxes donated by Tanner’s Orchard, bagged potatoes into smaller bags, organized all the baskets into an easy delivery system and carried Christmas gifts to cars. Believe it or not, boxes of canned food can be a little heavy. Thanks to Kroger Grocery we were able to use grocery carts to push all the Christmas baskets to the recipients’ cars instead of treading across ice and falling snow.
At the end of the day there is nothing truly more wonderful than giving to others at the most important time of the year. It may have been a little chilly and the ground may have been slushy but the smiles and ‘thank yous’ and the wishes of ‘Merry Christmas’ make the bitter air and frozen fingers seem insignificant. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
This past Sunday we were able to give back to an organization that has supported us with over $1,100 in financial support. The Chillicothe Town Theatre held a fundraiser to help pay for the new digital projectors that were installed last year. Volunteering at their event was a great way to show our appreciation to The Town Theatre.
Woody and Bullseye
We were able to serve in a couple of different ways. We ran the cotton candy machine at the concession stand and served nachos and sodas.
Concession Stand Professionals
Cotton Candy Slingers
We paraded around the event in different costumes and had our pictures taken with Optimist members and little children. We’re pretty sure we had more fun dressing up than anything else from the day.
Our Youngest Venture Scout
The event was a wonderful success and the Chillicothe Optimist Club can make another payment on the digital projectors. It was a great way to spend a hot Sunday afternoon.