VOV and Burton Village neighbors dig in for spring gardening project

Volunteer on Vacation members teamed up with Burton Village neighbors to work on some spring gardening projects.  Pictured in back (l-r) are VOV members Don Crowl, Bob Hoffer, Liz Romano and Cindy Hold; middle row, Pat Renninger, Sue Goudy, Anne Pikolas, Joie Rake, and Max Dick. In front are Leslie Sinclair, Gail Elliott and Lisa DeStefano. Not pictured: Traci Wilson and Kathy Lawson. SOURCE SUBMITTED
May 11, 2014

Volunteers turned out to bright sunshine April 11 and participated in a community service project held in conjunction with CAMP Rehoboth's Women's FEST. Volunteer on Vacation members were joined by Burton Village neighbors to make a team of 14 who worked together to transform the neighborhood gardens. The expansive beds in front of the community center were weeded and mulched.

The birdbath there now has a ring of beautiful flowers. Long-dormant gardens at two entrance signs were tended and planted with perennials. Burton Village neighbors, staff, and volunteers alike were thrilled with the results.

Burton Village is managed by the Delaware State Housing Authority and provides residents with affordable housing and a variety of activities to help them become self-sufficient.

CAMP Rehoboth's Volunteer on Vacation program offers community service opportunities to area residents and vacationers. It unites individuals and groups in creating a better community and is a continuation of the work done by CAMP Rehoboth, a nonprofit community service organization dedicated to creating a more positive environment in Rehoboth Beach and its surrounding communities.

The community is invited to Volunteer on Vacation's next project Saturday, June 7, when the team takes to the trails at Cape Henlopen State Park to celebrate National Trails Day. VOV members will join park staff and other volunteers to maintain the trails that are enjoyed by so many visitors.

This year, the group will be partnering with CAMP Rehoboth families and local community groups to involve children and youth. They will clean up the trails and demonstrate the importance of community service and preserving the environment. Meeting time is 8:45 a.m. at Cape Henlopen State Park.

Afterward, there will be a cook-out and a chance to socialize with other volunteers. Email Debbie Woods at to volunteer.