“Life changing,” “inspirational,” “sense of accomplishment,” “pride,” and “hope.” These were some of the words and phrases expressed by participants in last week’s community service trip. A quote from one Youth Ambassador sums it up: “Hope drove me, it drove this group, it rode with us to this city, and it settled in the people that we helped.”
During April school vacation Youth Ambassadors from the South Boston Community Health Center traveled with their adult chaperones to Detroit, Mich., to assist with flood relief efforts. They worked hard painting, putting up framing and dry wall, sealing basement walls, and tearing out ruined dry wall, and came back to South Boston with a renewed sense of service to others. “The experience of helping others in need was so rewarding that I am considering doing it for the rest of my life,” said one of the young volunteers.
This service trip was sponsored and coordinated by the South Boston Community Health Center in collaboration with the South Boston Arts Association, and made possible through generous donations from the South Boston community and beyond.
This was the eighth disaster relief trip for the Youth Ambassadors who once again partnered with NECHAMA (a Jewish disaster relief organization) to provide home re-building services for people affected by devastating floods in Detroit, Mich., in 2014.
It is truly wonderful to see South Boston youth working so hard and donating their entire school vacation to help others!
Thank you South Boston for your generous donations and support, and for making a difference in the lives of our youth and communities in need!
-Press release from the South Boston Community Health Center’s Youth Ambassadors Program