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Gardening, barbecuing, and painting -- oh my! June was a busy month for our Outreach Centre full of beautification and new friends, all made possible by the United Way's Day of Caring and staff at the Atlantic Lottery Corporation and Russell's Landscape Design. 

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The Day of Caring is a United Way initiative that connects community organizations with volunteers from companies in the same community to volunteer on a one-day project. We've been lucky enough to work with volunteers from across St. John's and this year they helped to clean up out Outreach Centre grounds, stain furniture, build garden boxes, paint lines on the basketball court, cut grass, and made new steps down to our basketball court. Thanks to this special day, and the many people who made it possible, we are summer-ready! 

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However, more important than how beautiful our space is now, is the opportunity work like this gives the young people at Choices. Youth from our RallyHaven, Moving Forward, the Shelter for Youth Men, and the Lilly all participated in the Day of Caring and were able to cultivate their sense of ownership for the garden and belonging within the community. When youth are included and invited to become part of the larger team they are empowered to take pride in their work and contributions. We're grateful to have partners like the United Way who know just how important that is for young people at Choices,. 

If you're down our way at Carter's Hill drop by the garden and the basketball court to see the hard work of our many new friends and long time supporters! Their gift of caring lives in the veggies we grow and the friendly basketball games we hold. It truly takes a village, and we're grateful for the support!