On this day we gave birds seeds and we sewed flower seeds but most of all we planted seeds of hope in the hearts of young people. We are helping the community one seed at a time. A harvest of change is sure to come!
“Community leaders and volunteers celebrated AmeriCorps Week and the P.A.Y. Day of Service on Saturday, May 16, 2009, at the newly dedicated Garland Hayward Youth Center in Princess Anne, MD.
Volunteers planted raised beds and installed bird houses and bird feeding stations to enhance wildlife habitat around the Center. Event organizers included the Garland Hayward Youth Center, the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, the Town of Princess Anne, and ShoreCorps/PALS.
I had the honor of representing the Commissioners of Governor O’Malley’s Office on Service and Volunteerism. The GOSV supports and promotes volunteer efforts that engage all Marylanders to strengthen their communities.”—Jim Rapp
Grants from AmeriCorps and Celebrate Urban Birds made the event possible for the approximately 40 youth and 20 adults who participated in the first ever Princess Ann Youth Day of Service. These grants sponsored this “kickoff” event.’
Ongoing activities will include maintenance of the gardens and ongoing citizen science and bird education using the Celebrate Urban Birds curriculum from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.