The following service activities were part of the Indian River County Day of Service on April 24, 2010.
Children’s Home Society
- delivers social services designed to protect children at risk of abuse, neglect or abandonment; to strengthen and stabilize families; to help young people break the cycle of abuse and neglect; and to find safe, loving homes for children.
Project: We set out to to erect a Picnic Table with attached benches for the New Youth Transition Center in the outdoor picnic area, with a gas grill, (we already have the gas line). Or to painted a used chest that went in our conference room at the center and painted and attached mail boxes for each of the apartment units (9).
Project: We needed mulch around all of our trees, shrubs etc. There were 10 trees, a row of shrubs along the side of our portico, and a long row of shrubs running the length of our building. We also needed the exterior of the building generally cleaned up.
Project: Assembled booklets, stuffed brochures into envelopes, labeled them, and affixed stamps for direct mailing to promote male breast cancer awareness and early detection. Work was done between 8:30 and noon at Community Church.
The Samaritan Center
- an interfaith non-profit organization providing shelter and support for homeless families of Indian River County. Families enter our 12-18 month program to develop a permanent solution to their homeless situation. Samaritan Center provides housing, employment, counseling, financial management, job training, transportation, liaison with other agencies, parenting classes and case management services to prepare them to live independently.
Project: This project included playground equipment removal, removal and replacement of walkway brickwork, mulching and planting flowers in our Memorial Garden, flowerbeds and around the trees, shed cleanup and organization.
Women’s Refuge of Vero Beach
- vision is to instruct and disciple women in a safe environment so that they may live fruitful lives with changed attitudes about themselves, which in turn will cause them to be dedicated to God and others. We also train leaders to take this same healing message to other ministries and environments.
Project: Repaired fencing and replaced chain link posts along border of property, cleaned out growth along the fence. Power washed concrete walkways, porches and three buildings.
Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex
– provides protected habitat for native plants and wildlife through habitat restoration and land acquisition projects. Currently it manages 5,400 acres of land, pieces of which are retired citrus groves undergoing habitat restoration.
Project: To support its ongoing habitat restoration efforts, the Refuge wanted to build a greenhouse for growing and propagating native plants. Volunteers worked to construct the greenhouse, install its irrigation system, and attach its screen. The refuge provided training for the tools as needed. There was also an educational component at the end of the day as refuge staff offered a one-hour guided tour of The Centennial Trail at the Refuge.
Homeless Family Center
- provides Emergency and Transitional Shelter Programs to families of the Treasure Coast. Homeless Family Center provides basic needs, case management, employment services, classes on life skills, budgeting, parenting and employment are provided.
Project: We asked for mulch for the playground area, the butterfly garden and around the building.
Old Macedonia Church - This is the first African American Church in the area that was built in the 1920s. Not only used for heritage, it is also used for the Dr. Martin Luther King committee headquarters.
Project: Repairs included replacing a back door, repairing a leaking roof, replacing some rotten boards around the building exterior, and touching up the paint.
Indian River Blood Bank
- come give the gift of life. Give Blood. Location: Parking lot at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3980 12th St, Vero Beach, FL 32960.