BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Hundreds of volunteers came to Civic work 19th Annual Ricky Myers Day of Service, helping out at 17 different sites across the city on Saturday.
âIt’s a great way for volunteers who want to go out, you know, get their hands dirty,â said Dana Stein, general manager of Civic Works.
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This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of volunteers has been capped at 200, instead of the usual 500.
Eight-year-old Braylin Montague was one of those volunteers. She and other young women in the mentoring program, The charming school project for girls, helped clean up Mother’s Garden in Clifton Park.
âWe’re basically gardening and pulling out the weeds, and we’re just trying to clean up,â Braylin said.
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Seeing the young volunteers was really encouraging, said Jasmine Allen, co-founder of the Charm School Project for Girls.
â(It is) extremely important to start teaching girls at a very young age, or children in general at a very young age, to be stewards of their community, to also teach them the importance of nurturing. their community, it just helps them be good citizens when they get older, âAllen said. âIt’s really inspiring. It gives me a lot of hope for the future. “
This year’s Day of Service also offered virtual options, with people working from home making blankets and writing letters to the elderly.
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