Samantha Winsky, the Chapter President at University of North Florida, had a vision to build a garden for the residents at a local retirement home. She went to Lowe’s and Home Depot and talked to them about donating supplies. They went above and beyond, not only donating wood, soil, plants and seeds, but also sending volunteers to help the members plant the garden!
The members and Home Depot and Lowe’s volunteers spent a Saturday morning putting the garden together. They built four gardens, planting vegetables, berries, fruit trees, herbs and flowers. As they planted, the residents came out to visit with the members and see what they were doing. The residents loved the garden and were very touched that the members took the time to put it together for them. Stephanie Skipper, the SAL Chapter Representative for UNF, was very proud of the chapter for accomplishing this. She said, “This is exactly what SAL is all about, making an impact in the lives of others — both our members and those served through the volunteer project.”
The members plan to return to the garden on a regular basis to care for it. They had a great time planting the garden and were excited to be able to make a difference in the lives of the residents.
For more information on the SAL chapter at University of North Florida, click here.