Roots & Wings welcomed our first volunteers of the year to the farm in May! Disrupted for over 2 years due to the pandemic, we were excited to once again partner with Youthbuild Rockford, a long-time supporter of Roots & Wings and Angelic Organics Learning Center. During their visit we accomplished two main tasks: distributing mulch throughout the farm and turning and organizing our compost pile.
Youthbuild Rockford is one of several programs led by Comprehensive Community Solutions. Youthbuild Rockford provides academic education for acquiring a high school diploma, vocational skills training culminating with industry recognized credentials, personal case management and trauma informed care supported by a personal development plan, positive peer support, leadership development, job placement and follow up support.
It was nice getting to know them and hearing about their future endeavors, which ranged from becoming a real estate agent, pursuing a position in the medical field and attending a Historically Black College or University.
It’s these types of relationships we value, and their support is always needed to advance the work at the farm. We are looking forward to them returning this month. I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to the young men and women from this program and thank them for their contribution. We wish them the very best in all of their future endeavors!