Youth Giving Back: Growing goodness, harvesting hope

Ruby ripe heirloom tomatoes, crisp zucchini, leafy kale, wholesome peas and fresh garlic! The vulnerable seniors who find supportive housing at LOFT’s Bradford House benefit from homegrown vegetables and herbs provided by students at Bradford District High School.

This partnership between LOFT and the school benefits seniors and students alike. Senior residents enjoy access to healthy produce, while students learn about agriculture, healthy eating habits and the value of giving back to their community.

LOFT’s Bradford House provides housing, mental health supports, medication support and other assistance for seniors, but food security is always a challenge. The volunteer garden program at Bradford District High School is the kind of community-based solution that is central to LOFT’s core philosophy: Community members helping community members.

LOFT is extremely grateful to Sherry Morrow, an educational assistant who leads the program. Thanks to her vision and dedication, students toil in the school’s greenhouse to grow large quantities of produce. It’s not small potatoes. Some items are frozen by the kitchen at Bradford House so they can be enjoyed throughout the year.

Creative ways you can help LOFT grow

There are many meaningful ways to make a gift or lend your skills to directly support LOFT’s clients. Consider how you, your friends and colleagues can take action to empower your community. Here are some ideas:

  • Start a LOFT fundraiser
  • Make a corporate gift or host an employee giving campaign
  • Volunteer to build personal care or meal kits for our clients
  • Become a Holiday Host for our virtual concert
  • Donate household items, like twin bedding