Ten young men from St. Anselm’s Abbey School began a year of service with Home First this September. Service learning is a part of the curriculum over at St. Anselm’s, and this local school sends a group of long-term volunteers for the Age-In-Place program every year. The boys don’t exactly look like our typical volunteers– they arrive each Tuesday morning wearing jackets and ties. But these guys aren’t looking to impress anyone, it’s just their school uniform! And don’t be fooled by their classy clothes, these gentleman are always ready to set aside their jackets, roll up their sleeves, and get their hands dirty to help out our local seniors. They have already completed multiple yard work and house cleaning projects in the area, and are also helping us with our Help the Homeless fundraising campaign!
When asked why they want to serve with the Age-In-Place program, several St. Anselm’s students said they wanted to learn a new skill. Many of them also stated that they hope to interact with seniors in their community and listen to the stories they have to tell. Whether they are learning to use a new yard tool or learning how Washington DC has changed over the decades, our St. Anselm’s volunteers will certainly grow through service this year.
Ingrid Heiberg is a one year Trinity volunteer working with Seabury’s Age-In-Place program as its volunteer coordinator. For more information on volunteering with Age-In-Place which coordinates volunteers to do yard work and housecleaning projects so that older adults can stay more safely at home, call Ingrid at (202) 635-9384 or email her at IHeiberg@seaburyresources.org