Residents and staff members at Portage Elora are taking advantage of the summer months with a slew of outdoor recreational, leisure, and volunteer activities.
Members of the girls’ community have been busy volunteering: preparing and serving pizza to local community members at Bissell Park, painting faces at a Lyons Club fundraiser as well as at a local school end-of-year BBQ, and working with local volunteers to turn recycled milk bags into bed mats to be sent to Haiti. Members of the boys’ community volunteered at a local book sale and car show and lent a hand to assemble bicycles. They also volunteered to help with the set-up and dismantling of stages for the Elora Festival of Songs.
During breaks from summer school, the youth have been enjoying day trips to local parks, hiking the Elora trails, swimming, participating in sports tournaments, and heading out on their Outward Bound excursions. They have also been working together to build and cultivate a vegetable garden for the centre.
Two guest speakers have visited the centre so far this summer, to talk to the youth about building healthy relationships and the dangers of gambling.
Many of these extra activities are the result of the support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation which made the volunteer and community engagement program possible.