Kiwanis Members Build Accessible, Raised Garden for The Campbell Center Residents

After four weeks of hard work every Saturday, an accessible garden is blooming in the backyard of The Campbell Center’s group home for adults with intellectual disabilities. The project was completed in time to celebrate Earth Day.

The project was the idea of Glendale Kiwanis member Trevor Marca who was looking for a service project for new club members. The goal was to help new members bond while meeting new people in the community. After reviewing 10 proposals from local non-profits, Marca and his team chose to support TCC by building three raised beds for residents who love to garden.

Club members donated recycled wood boards and the club raised funds to purchase pavers, irrigation equipment, bags of soil, vegetables and flowers. Rene Karapedian donated wood for the raised beds and Angelique McNiff donated the plants. The project’s funding came from the Glendale Kiwanis Club and its members.

“This has been such a heartwarming project,” said Nancy Niebrugge, executive director of TCC. “Each week I could see the volunteers and our residents getting to know one another, and enjoying the whole experience together. Our residents are already talking about making fresh salads and salsa!”

After several weekends of cleaning, weeding, leveling the ground, laying pavers, installing a drip watering system and building the beds, more than 20 of the TCC residents and Kiwanis volunteers planted the vegetables and flowers as a final step on Earth Day, Saturday, April 23. The crew then celebrated with a potluck lunch in true community fashion.

The Campbell Center was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit organization by Phyllis and Jerry Campbell, parents of a daughter with Down syndrome. No school within the Glendale school system would accept because of her disability. Over the next 69 years, The Campbell Center has evolved into an agency whose mission is to partner with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, empowering them to successfully gain independence and attain their desired outcomes through opportunity and choice.

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