BBBS mentees and seniors shared their love for the environment through a variety of activities. The two groups organized an "Earth Day Celebration" to plant and paint recyclable flower pots, in addition to learning how they can create sustainable initiatives for future generations.
"This is my first time I worked with the elderly at a senior housing complex," said BBBS mentee, Daja, 16 "It's been a rewarding experience to help those who have done so much for our community over the years."
"It's imperative for our mentees to work with people of all ages," said Michele Williers, Chief Operations Officer for BBBS. "It is opportunities such as these that help bridge the gap between young and old. It builds trust and understanding between two generations that do not often interact."
Earlier this year, OHA promised to expand its role to increase services to the community at-large. By doing so, the authority has partnered with a series of community organizations, such as County of Essex, BBBS and the Orange Public School District.
"Earth Day is one of many informative programs at OHA that we can use to not only appreciate a healthy community, but to remind us of the importance of preserving it for our future through positive actions," said OHA Executive Director Walter D. McNeil, Jr., PhD.
OHA is committed to improving the community by incorporating cultural and educational activities for the public. For example, the agency is hosting a golf tournament September 21 to enhance their ability to help youth within the OHA community.
For more information on upcoming events, please visit the Orange Housing Authority's website at www.haconj.org.