By Nikki Velarde, The Belton Journal
The Belton Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) and the Youth Advisory Commission (YAC) gave back to the community Saturday through their service project One Community One Day.
Put on by the Youth Advisory Commission, the hands-on, community-wide service project assists citizens in the community who do not have the support system to help with tasks such as yardwork, painting, or repairs.
The Youth Advisory Commission is a group of youth serving Belton through community participation. Their goal is to “develop youth leaders committed to learning about local government and the roles they can have in it; make a difference in the community and the lives of youth; recognize and use their voice; and represent other youth in the City of Belton” according to the City of Belton website.
Up to 15 homes are selected within the City of Belton and groups of volunteers are divided to help lend a hand at each house selected for assistance. This year there were 12 houses on the list.
“We do it to help those in need who aren’t able to do the yardwork,” explained Event Coordinator Jeremy Allamon. “A lot of the people we are helping are elderly or disabled and therefore are unable to maintain their yards. It’s just our way to give back to the community.”
Due to weather, the service project had to be rescheduled twice but everything was finally able to take place Saturday morning. “We had a decent turnout considering the amount of times we had to reschedule,” said Allamon.