During their summer break from Portage Academy, many Portage Elora residents got involved in the community as volunteers. Members of the boys’ community had the opportunity to volunteer at the Elora Festival of the Arts as well as a classic car show. Members of the girls’ community volunteered at a community church pancake breakfast and at the children’s face painting station of a local fireworks festival.
A certain amount of community service hours are required by the province of Ontario for high school graduation. During this volunteer time, Portage residents can put into practice the competencies that they have been learning in the therapeutic community.
All participants thoroughly enjoyed their experiences and felt a sense of pride to be giving back to the community.