WILMINGTON — The Clinton County Youth Council will host its annual Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) community service event on Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to noon.
GYSD is “a coordinated annual event which gathers young people around the world in conducting community service, service learning, and youth voice activities that benefit their communities, their countries, and the world.”
CCYC students, staff, volunteers and community members will partner with the Clinton County Trails Coalition to perform a litter clean-up and beautification of the Luther Warren Peace Path bike trail, adjacent to the CCYC property. Clean-up efforts and resources are sponsored in part by Clinton County Foundation Lucas Fund.
This event marks the first major in-person activity hosted by CCYC since the COVID-19 pandemic put a hold on events.
CCYC Director Eric Guindon told the News Journal they were able to hold an unofficial service day in the fall with a small group, and they continued to do virtual activities.
“It’s been difficult to not have that in-person connection with people, so it’ll be nice to do that again,” said Guindon, adding they feel safe doing it since this one will be outdoors.
He encourages anyone wanting to participate to preregister, and to continue to wears masks and social distance.
So far, the response to the event has been good, according to Guindon.
“We’re excited to partner with the Trails Coalition since the bake trails are always a focal point for the event,” he said. “We’re also fortunate to have the support of the Eagles Lodge (1224) who are the event sponsors.”
While the event is meant for local youths, locals of all ages are welcome to come and participate.
Additional community service projects include work in the CCYC community garden prepping beds for spring planting, and CCYC Disc Golf Course improvement projects.
After GYSD, the CCYC will hold its first Youth Disc Golf Tournament at 1:30 p.m.
The tournament is open to youths of all skills and abilities; no experience is necessary. The tournament is one round of 9 holes with a modified, beginner-friendly course layout. Pre-registration is encouraged at fb.com/ccycdiscgolf .
Registration is free and all participants will receive a disc and player’s pack.
Registration for the service event starts at 9:30 a.m. in the CCYC Youth Center parking lot at 302 W. Sugartree St., Wilmington. Community service projects will be 10-11:45 a.m. A bagged lunch will be provided for all participants.
Contact Eric Guindon at 937-382-2828 for more information.
Reach John Hamilton at 937-382-2574