Pictured: Daniella of CB&O, Mrs. Felder, and the 6 student volunteers from Yale Divinity School.
On Friday, August 23rd, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven participated as a host site for the Yale Divinity School’s Day of Engagement. The Community Building and Organizing Department was joined by six dedicated Yale Divinity School students at the corner of Ivy Street and Shelton Avenue in Newhallville, where they participated in projects at the Ivy Street Community Garden and at Mrs. Ida Felder’s house next door.
Two of the students and I joined up with some of the local gardeners by preparing and staining the garden's picnic table and benches. We also did some minor landscaping and trash removal from the garden site. Kim, Daniella, and Stephen from the CB&O team worked with the other four students in Mrs. Felder's backyard, helping to arrange and repair parts of her fence by securing loose posts and removing broken ones. The group also cut away a number of dead trees and even helped her to repair her trusty clothesline.
|Picnic table - before|
|Picnic table - after|
Through this work, the YDS students were able to make new relationships within the New Haven community and learn more about ongoing community projects! Thank you to our YDS volunteers!