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Rain doesn't stop CAMP Rehoboth's Volunteers on Vacation

Groups spruces up Lewes Senior Center before annual yard sale
Apr 29, 2013
Source: Submitted Damp but not discouraged by the rain on April 12, members of CAMP Rehoboth Volunteer on Vacation gather after working on the Lewes Senior Center garden. Shown in back (l-r) are Bob Hoffer, Don Crowl, Pat Renninger, Barb Butta, Sharyn Warwick, Elizabeth Light, Carol Lazzara, Cindy Holt, Judith Nicholas, Max Dick and Heidi Bixler. In front are Traci Wilson, Leslie Sinclair, Anne Pikolas and Donineaq Ruth. Not pictured is Linda DeFeo.

Fifteen members of Volunteer on Vacation turned out April 12 to tend and restore the gardens at the Lewes Senior Center. This project was held in conjunction with CAMP Rehoboth's Women's Fest, a spring tradition that brings fun, arts, entertainment, workshops and community service to Rehoboth.

The Volunteer on Vacation team edged, weeded and mulched the gardens at the senior center. Small shrubs, flowers and ground cover were planted. In addition, several large planter boxes were filled with flowers. Although wet and muddy, the volunteers were rewarded with transformed gardens and the appreciation of the many people who use the center. More than gardens were cultivated as many new friendships were formed.

Lewes Senior Center had its annual yard sale the following day, and visitors commented on how nice the grounds looked. First-time volunteer Judith Nicholas said, “What a great first experience with the Volunteer on Vacation group!  Despite the heavy drizzle that dominated the event, a cheerful and hardy group worked to beautify the Lewes Senior Center, which is right down the road from me. I was immediately greeted warmly and put to work. Everyone was laughing, teasing in a way that said longtime friends, not gardeners on a blind date.  Would I do it again? In a heartbeat.”

Founded in 1967, the Lewes Senior Center is a place for seniors to connect and share their common interests, differing opinions, experiences and more. Services include transportation, group activities and trips, and health and wellness programs. The center has a banquet hall that can accommodate activities for more than 200 people. For information about the Lewes Senior Center, contact Lisa Celik, executive director, at lewescenter@yahoo.com.

CAMP Rehoboth is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more positive Rehoboth. It provides a wide range of community services, programs and events for Rehoboth and the surrounding communities. For more information, call 302-227-5620, or go to www.camprehoboth.com.

Volunteer on Vacation offers community service opportunities to residents and vacationers. For more information on Volunteer on Vacation, email leslie.sinclair@hotmail.com.

 

Volunteer on Vacation volunteers (l-r) Pat Renninger, Barb Butta and Traci Wilson take a break after playing in the mud. (Source: Submitted)
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