Published on June 9, 2009
By Heather Rutz
LIMA - It was a good day to get the garden in, and Natalie Reyes was happy to do it knowing nearby residents would benefit long after she’s returned to her hometown.
Reyes, 17, of Napoleon, volunteered Tuesday through nonprofit groups PathStone and NeighborWorks during NeighborWorks America week.
The volunteers worked Monday at Midway East Neighborhood Association’s Kibby Street community building and will work on landscaping in Town Square today.
At the St. Rita’s community garden at West Spring and South Collett streets, Reyes planted squash and peppers.
“It’s fun,” she said. “It’s a lot better than sitting at home.”
PathStone, a NeighborWorks affiliate member, serves 10 counties in the northwest Ohio region, including providing emergency food and shelter and foreclosure assistance in Allen County. NeighborWorks assists low-to-moderate-income families with housing needs. This year marks NeighborWorks’ 26th annual community service week, focusing this week on green initiatives, said Maria Martinez, homeownership program manager for the Liberty Center PathStone office.
At the garden, neighborhood nurse Denise Barnes appreciated the help in planting the garden. Members of Riverside North Neighborhood Association will keep it tended through the summer and area residents will reap its bounty.
“It can be overwhelming to get it started,” Barnes said. “More hands make it more fun.”