Welcome, Dominion Volunteers!

May 2, 2019

Galilee is overjoyed to welcome a new group of volunteers to our Backpack Buddies program—the students of Dominion high school’s Transition class.

On Tuesday, April 30, we hosted Alex, Dylan, Big Dylan, and Thomas as the first Transition class to help us pack food. We spent an hour working together, learning the rhythm of assembling meal packs in Galilee’s pantry, and getting to know one another. A second Transition class will come next Wednesday and hopefully this will be an ongoing cooperative effort between Galilee and Dominion’s Transition classes.

Transition is a program that provides resources to students with disabilities so they can better succeed in life after high school. Transition teachers assist in linking these senior class students with adult aid agencies and help them find post-secondary employment or vocational, educational, or alternative programs.

Dominion students (Big) Dylan, Alex, Thomas, and Dylan help needy families in Loudoun County by packing with Backpack Buddies.

Rebecca Makowski, Galilee’s Director of Serve Ministry, worked with Dominion Transition teacher Sheila Traenkle to make this volunteer opportunity happen.

It is a blessing to see these students find an opportunity to serve others, and it is a joy to put food in the hands of these young people to carry back to their school for distribution through Backpack Buddies.

It’s a blessing to meet these teenagers. It is an education to talk with them and their teachers about the challenges they face.

At Galilee, we pray because, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” It is an honor to stand side by side with new workers in the harvest.

If you support Galilee, then you stood with Alex, Thomas, and the two Dylans on Wednesday—when we got a big win.