At Common Heart, student volunteers mix in easily with their adult counterparts. It's not uncommon to see middle, high school or college students packing food boxes or processing thrift store donations with volunteers who are old enough to be their parents or grandparents.
And that's just the way community service should look, Executive Director Keith Adams said.
“We like seeing different generations serving together. It really helps emphasize our mission of creating a community – from students to seniors and everyone in between – that cares about serving our neighbors in need,” he said. “We are a community serving together to 'encourage a small revolution of kindness.'”
Many schools require community service hours and those can be achieved by volunteering at Common Heart, which provides proof of hours served. We also help local students and young adults who are required to perform community service hours to satisfy a court sentence for minor charges.
Helping with that effort is Project Challenge, of Monroe, which regularly provides volunteers for our Common Cupboard at Mill Grove Monday night pantry in Hemby Bridge.