Upstate Cerebral Palsy

Agency:  Upstate Cerebral Palsy

Volunteer Project:  Intergenerational Spring and Fall Clean-Ups, Built a Sugarhouse at Camp Ronald McDonald for children with special needs

Summary:  On Sunday May 4, 2014 and on Sunday October 26, 2014 and Sunday October 27, 2013 youth volunteers (and staff) from Upstate Cerebral Palsy’s Utica and Rome campuses volunteered their time and cleaned senior citizens yards. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves serving senior citizens who physically can’t do the work or financially afford to have the work done. The youth volunteers took pride in making their community cleaner and their efforts were invaluable in making the clean-ups so successful.

Tuesday July 1st, Wednesday July 2nd and Thursday July 3rd, youth volunteers built a sugarhouse at Camp Ronald McDonald. A sugarhouse is where maple syrup is made. To make maple syrup the youth volunteers tap maple trees, collect the sap and then use an evaporator (in the sugarhouse) to boil down the sap into maple syrup. The sugarhouse will be used by children with special needs for many years to come. The youth volunteers were very excited to be able to volunteer their time and effort for such a worthwhile project. The initiative gave them a great feeling of accomplishment.

Youth Volunteers:  24                                                       Volunteer Hours:  28