With the wind blowing and the sky threatening it could have been a blustery March day, but it wasn't. It was April 13 and Partners celebrated Earth Day.
Luckily, it was as warm as could be expected for April. The youngsters who turned out to lend a hand at the Montrose Botanical Gardens were treated to a tour of the gardens by Sally Johnson and an introduction to composting before they rolled up their sleeves to perform a bit of service for the community. The Scouts of the Montrose Venture Crew #491 organized the Junior Partners and Nexus children into manageable groups, taught them how to apply weather-seal on compost bins and how to maintain them. They moved bundles of pruned branches to a central burn pile. They learned how to pot up summer annuals. Between staff, Teen Advisory Board members, partnerships and Nexus youth, things were tidied up before the rains came. Youngsters went home with flower pots they had painted and filled with flowering annuals generously donated by Mile High Gardens of Cory. It was easy to pick out the future gardeners as they kept coming back for more.
Delta and Montrose youth were well represented at this annual activity and though the venue may change from year to year, the purpose remains the same — to learn about Mother Earth and respect and care for her gifts. Partners Mentoring Youth of Delta, Montrose and Ouray organizes monthly activities in our communities so youth have a variety of experiences. In May, Partners will be collaborating with Weehawken Creative Arts at the Ouray location to create birdhouses.
If you haven't had the chance, drive on down to Montrose and stroll through the lovely botanical gardens. The gates are open. The gardens are located opposite the Montrose Pavilion, just off Niagara.
Volunteers are the heart of the Partners' programs. There are several ways you can volunteer within the organization. The volunteer commitments vary with each activity. Please check out these volunteer opportunities and start changing the world, one child at a time:
Senior Partners make a one-year commitment to spend an average of three hours per week with a Junior Partner.
Artist Partners make a three-month commitment and spend an average of three hours per week with their artist intern focusing on artistic projects.
Nexus volunteers help with monthly recreational events provided for the youth who are waiting for a Senior Partner.
Other opportunities. Partners hosts several fundraising events throughout the year that require volunteer services. Some of the exciting events are a bike ride, live radio auction, bowling tournament, golf tournament, Art Partners exhibition and a volunteer appreciation dinner. In addition, the offices are always in need of volunteer services to help with mailings.
To learn more, call 874-4661 or visit partners-west.org.blog comments powered by Disqus