Streamway Villa’s garden is looking like new, thanks to Day of Caring volunteers

‘What a difference four hours of work made’

Streamway Villa life enrichment co-ordinator Christina Doughty says she cannot believe what a difference four hours of work made to help the Cobourg long-term care home’s garden look like new on June 7.

For the second straight year, Streamway Villa received a visit from volunteers who came by to assist with projects to beautify the garden as part of the Northumberland United Way’s annual Day of Caring.

The Day of Caring is an annual event where employees from local industries and organizations devote time to helping others. This was the 22nd Day of Caring.

Employees from the SABIC plant in Cobourg once again came to Streamway Villa to help clear weeds, remove dead leaves, trim shrubs, plant flowers and lay down mulch.

The volunteers were joined by Streamway Villa team members as well as residents Frank Henderson and Peggy Crowther.

“What a difference four hours of work made,” Christina tells The OMNIway, adding there were 12 to 15 leaf bags filled to the brim after the work was done.

“I wish I had taken before and after pictures. … This team was amazing.”

Christina says many residents also came outside to observe the work being down and to make suggestions.

According to the Northumberland United Way, about 150 volunteers each year visit about 40 nonprofits, charitable and community organizations in Cobourg and Port Hope during the Day of Caring.

While the United Way organizes each Day of Caring, the volunteer organizations like SABIC provide the money to build a budget for supplies.

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