“Volunteers in Bloom” – a new name for a deep-rooted community service
In recent years the WVNLA has taken on several outstanding community volunteer projects aimed at making the quality of life in our West Virginia communities the best it can be. The WVNLA wants to capitalize on the goodwill of its volunteer program by branding it Volunteers in Bloom. We are proud of the many good things that “flower” as a result of our Volunteers in Bloom program, and we look forward to many future projects.
On September 5, 2012, Volunteers in Bloom hosted a hands-on workday at the West Virginia Botanic Garden in Morgantown (www.wvbg.org). This project consisted of two areas: a full sun location and a shade garden. The plants used for both areas were selected based on resistance to deer and compatibility with site conditions. The completed volunteer project helps develop the overall master plan of the Botanic Garden, deeply enriching the quality of life through public enjoyment.
In recent years the WVNLA has taken on four outstanding community volunteer projects aimed at making the quality of life in our West Virginia communities the best it can be. The projects include:
2012 - The West Virginia Botanic Garden in Morgantown www.wvbg.org
This project consists of two areas: a full sun location and a shade garden. The plants used for both areas were selected based on resistance to deer and compatibility with site conditions. The completed volunteer project helps develop the overall master plan and mission of the Botanic Garden, deeply enriching the quality of life through public enjoyment and education. WVBG includes inspirational landscapes and displays of a rich variety of ornamental plants appropriate to the region and in harmony with nature. Visitors will learn from these gardens in every season of the year. Most of the 82-acre former Tibbs Run Reservoir property off the Tyrone Road in Monongalia County is wooded, and much will remain undisturbed except for trail construction and some plant enhancement.
Past volunteer projects include:
2010 - The Golden Girls Group Home, Ceredo, West Virginia www.gggh.org
Golden Girl is licensed to serve 24 girls from ages 12 to 21; with remarkable success serving dependent, neglected and predelinquent girls who are unable to make a successful adjustment in their natural homes or foster care homes.
They encourage positive change and growth through a series of educational, recreational, treatment and support services in a warm, loving, and therapeutic environment. They continue at the original location in Ceredo, which is a small, quaint town. It is ideally located and within close proximity to schools, recreational facilities, cultural events, and medical services.
The WVNLA built the GGGH a new fellowship building, an outdoor kitchen, a pond, new fencing, an arbor and awnings, a basketball court, installed low-maintenance landscaping and created a centralized courtyard, integrating their campus buildings into a pleasant, peaceful space.
2009 - The Raleigh County Women’s Resource Center, Beckley, West Virginia
Serving victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and their families. WRC's professional staff and volunteers provide advocacy, information and referral, community education, support and counseling to abuse victims.
The WVNLA updated the Resource Center's green spaces, upgraded all soils for better plan health and development, rebuilt the vegetable garden, installed flowering plants and upgraded the recreational space.
2008 - YWCA Sojourners Shelter, Charleston www.ywcacharleston.org
Sojourners provides emergency shelter and supportive services around the clock, every day of the year for homeless single women, women with children, men with custody of their children and intact families. This 75-bed facility offers a secure, healthy environment with crisis intervention, case management and counseling to help individuals achieve long-term self-sufficiency. We maintain a successful recidivism rate of about 5% annually, well below the national average of individuals returning to shelters. Children’s programs include computer and art classes, tutoring, drug-free education, supportive counseling and field trips.Recovering from and preventing future homelessness is our goal for all who take shelter with us.
The WVNLA created Sojourners an outdoor recreation space, a garden, a children's play area, a basketball court and a picnic area where none had previously existed at this urban setting.