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Greenheart students lend a hand at the Nutrition Center

Posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 9:10 am

Volunteers from all over the world working with Greenheart International helped at the Monroe City Nutrition Center July 17.

Left Martina Delay and Venicea Osbourne from Jamaica help do yard work at the Monroe City Senior Nutrition Center.

Left Martina Delay and Venicea Osbourne from Jamaica help do yard work at the Monroe City Senior Nutrition Center.

Greenheart International is a Visa sponsor that works with agencies in the student’s home country as a travel abroad summer work program, allowing individuals to volunteer and experience other parts of the world. Greenheart has five to six thousand volunteers throughout the country.
Students helped at the Nutrition Center any way they could. Landscaping and trimming hedges, organizing cans in the kitchen or calling out numbers for the bingo game that day.
Martina Daley, a volunteer from Jamaica helping outside, said one of the biggest things she noticed is that it seemed like everyone in the United States has a car, and that in Jamaica there are one maybe two cars per household the parents use
Employer Services Coordinator Joshua Trangle says, “right now at Mark Twain Landing there are Jamaicans, Thai, and Chinese students.” Wherever Greenheart travels they to organize volunteer project to help out in the community.

Students helped in the kitchen by stocking shelves and preparing for lunch.

Students helped in the kitchen by stocking shelves and preparing for lunch.

Campgrounds and summer attractions are the perfect place for Greenheart volunteers because they generally slowing down around the time the volunteers have to go home.
Students are able to join a ‘Greenheart Club’ where they log volunteer hours. For every hour they log they are eligible for certain prizes, with the top prize being a $500 grant they can apply for to take back to their home country to start their own volunteer project.
One thing that Greenheart does specifically, something they pride themselves on is the volunteer work and green aspect of the organization.
Greenheart volunteers will help out at the Mark Twain Landing through the summer before going back to their home country.