Despite the initial grey skies, little rain fell so about fifteen volunteers were able to plant flowers contributed for this purpose around the trees and open spaces in the sidewalk bordering the building. The children of Caton Village were shy at first but soon got into the spirit and with some assistance from us and their mothers and Caton Village staff not only helped with the planting but in many cases chose what to plant where.
The volunteers also helped the children make Mother’s Day cards with art supplies that were donated. Additionally, the volunteers and other alumni who did not attend the actual Day of Service donated a large number of books and educational and art materials that Caton Village will use in the future. Each child was allowed to choose one or two books, and the remainder are being used communally. This was a nice way suggested by Council member, Lisa Martin ’83, of allowing people who could not participate in person to have some involvement in the project, and it is one that we can continue next year. Finally, we supplied water, coffee, and snacks (mini donuts and muffins and cut-up fruit) for all attendees, including the residents and staff. The refreshments also were much appreciated.
Yolanda Kennard at Caton Village sent the following very nice note:
The residents and staff still talk about the generosity and fun from the Yale Day of Service. We can’t say “thanks” enough! If you can post the pictures on the website the residents and the children would get a big kick out of it.
Finally, Yolanda and Mike Gold, who is on the Board that oversees Caton Village’s operations, would be very interested in having the Club continue to work with and for Caton Village.