Summer rec school kids learn to give back

The Northwest Ottawa Recreation Authority Recreation Summer School students are learning the gift of giving. All summer long, the students - an average of 50 per day, with a total of 124 - focused on being both physically active and actively involved in the community. One of their many service projects, and most heartfelt, was their volunteer help in the Mobile Pantry through Love INC.
Aug 30, 2011


The summer school group and employees from Grand Haven-based JSJ Corp. came together in July to help Ottawa County families by working with the Mobile Pantry, a fresh food giveaway that occurs twice each month.

The children were able to collect and donate food earlier in the week, then travel to the Love INC pantry to stock their collected food. They were able to see firsthand where their donations go at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on July 22. Each recreation summer school student was paired up with a volunteer from JSJ to help carry and distribute the food in the church’s parking lot.

JSJ Corp. has been a substantial contributor to the NORA scholarship (Chris Christiansen) fund. The fund helps lower-income families participate in NORA activities and sports camps at a reduced cost.

NORA’s Recreation Summer School is a nonprofit program fully funded by donations. The majority of the funding comes from the Greater Ottawa County United Way, with extra help this year from the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.

The summer school students and The Salvation Army attended three mobile pantry dates this summer. The students also volunteered at Grand Pines Assisted Living Center and spent time at the North Ottawa County Council on Aging Activity Center.


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