Pictured from left to right are Oak 9 members Kai Rodriguez, Jacob Reese, Devin Hunter, Silvia Wagner, Bri Whittington, Jenni Mendel, Peggi Bleyer, and Maximilian Gluck.
Please join the Winona Family YMCA at the Camp Wenonah Open House on October 31 between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. The event is free to attend and will allow community members to see changes that have occurred at Camp Wenonah in order to help improve facilities and increase program offerings.
The Winona Family YMCA has been hosting an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team since mid-September. AmeriCorps NCCC is a 10-month residential, team-based volunteer service program funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). While serving in NCCC, teams travel throughout a region of the United States volunteering for various nonprofit, faith-based, or government organizations completing a wide variety of service projects.
The YMCA’s team, Oak 9, has been hard at work for six weeks building a mountain-bike trail, restoring the prairie grass field to its native landscape, and assisting with renovations on the Camp Wenonah basement. With Oak 9’s help, the YMCA will be able to teach youth how to mountain bike and provide another avenue for the community to pursue outdoor recreation. The YMCA will also be able to continue restoring the prairie field to its natural state, creating avenues for camp staff to educate the community about the importance of native habitats.
At the open house, participants will have the chance to test out the mountain-bike trail, take a hike up to the prairie grass field, and tour the basement and bathrooms. Oak 9 will be at the open house, available to answer any questions about the program and/or the projects the group has been working on.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Alexa Shapiro, school age director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 507-454-1520.