Yesterday was a beautiful day at camp, and, after about a week of rainy days, we needed it. The sun finally came out, and temperatures stayed in the 70s all afternoon. It was a perfect day for our amazing Starbucks volunteers to come out to camp, and we had a great afternoon planting with them. A small group came, bringing with them tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and marigolds to plant in our raised beds close to the camp office. It was too muddy to plant in the Education Garden, but they had a great time working on the raised beds and in the tires. We’re so glad to have these amazing volunteers help with the planting and upkeep of our gardens, and we cannot wait until we’re able to harvest some amazing produce from these plants!
As soon as it dries out, we’ll be able to plant the tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and peppers we got from the University of Montevallo Organic Plant Sale last week in the Education Garden. Our garden is all tilled and ready to go, and Wednesday is looking like a great day to get to work!
If you would like to help in our Education Garden, we would love to have you! We’re looking for individuals and groups to help care for our garden, so if you’ve got a green thumb, contact us today for more information about how you can help!
We couldn’t do everything we do at Camp Fletcher without some help, and we are so thankful to have amazing partnerships with local businesses and members of the community. One of the strongest partnerships we have at Camp Fletcher is with our local Starbucks stores. As a company, Starbucks has a mission to improve the communities where its stores are located, and our local district has seriously invested in Camp Fletcher. Today kicks off Starbucks’ Global Month of Service, and local stores will be helping out at Camp Fletcher in order to invest in the young people we serve.
Today, employees from local stores are joining us for a work day at Camp Fletcher. Our garden takes a lot to get it going in the spring, and we are so happy to have volunteers come out to help clean up the garden area and get it ready for spring planting. However, this isn’t the first time Starbucks employees have dedicated time to helping at Camp Fletcher. Over the past few years, we’ve been lucky enough to have Starbucks employees give time for MLK Day of Service, including this past MLK Day, when volunteers helped rebuild broken canoe racks. Additionally, Starbucks has previously sponsored The Living Garden at camp, a smaller garden also located at camp. As we shift gears and begin to develop our Education Garden, Starbucks is right there with us, giving us a helping hand.
We are so thrilled to be working with Starbucks, and all the opportunities this company has given us! In a few weeks, Camp Fletcher will be attending the opening of a brand new Starbucks store in Hoover Crossing, and we can’t wait to spend the day telling customers about all Camp Fletcher has to offer!
Community service is something that is deeply entrenched in the culture at Starbucks, and we’re not the only organization lucky enough to have them as partners – Starbucks partners with over 14,000 organizations! Nearly 88,000 of their employees have served as volunteers and have dedicated over 450,000 volunteer hours. Starbucks is making a difference in communities everywhere, and in the lives of the children who spend their time playing, growing and learning at Camp Fletcher.
If you would like more information about Starbucks Global Month of Service, you can visit them online. For more information about Camp Fletcher’s Education Garden and how you can help, click here.