One sunny April afternoon, Girl Scout Troop 3322 volunteered alongside self-advocates Noah Probert, Coleen Mackin and other community members to put together 50 meal kits for the local food bank, NOSH Delivers!, in support of AHRC Nassau’s Dream Project.
“It was so much fun. I helped put the food in the boxes. It made me happy to work with the Girl Scouts,” said Noah.
Inspired by Dr. King’s dedication to community action, the Dream Project is a fully inclusive volunteer project supporting neighbors facing food insecurity. This initiative is ongoing throughout the year and made possible in part by a grant from The Arc of the United States and funds raised by the AHRC Day Habilitation Team and Community Relations Liaison Lynne Brewer.
Last month’s food kits assisted approximately 200 neighbors in need. Once completed, the 50 kits were packed up and driven to community partner NOSH by volunteers supported by AHRC Day Services.
For Coleen, the project offered a meaningful opportunity to do what she enjoys. “I love volunteering and doing my part,” said Coleen. “It’s important for me to give back to the community, and this helps me do that.”
The April event was organized Jerri Walker, AHRC Volunteer and Project Coordinator, collaborated with Troop 3322 leader, Katie Sacoulis.
Since January, Troop 3322 has engaged in various volunteer projects to earn the Girl Scout Bronze Award. To achieve this goal, the Troop researched local partners doing good in the community and identified AHRC Nassau.
“I really wanted to find others who are active in the community,” said Katie. “It is amazing for the girls. They love everything about volunteering here, especially when they see that people of all abilities can come together and work towards a common goal. I am looking forward to the girls continuing to earn badges here and inviting other troops to come and contribute to the community with AHRC.”