Ben’s Lighthouse Summer Outreach: Young Adults Help With Healing, Rebuilding During Service Trip
Published: August 16, 2017, Grant Larson
On July 28, a crew of 15 volunteers from local nonprofit Ben’s Lighthouse returned from a weeklong service trip to the area of Baton Rouge, La.
The volunteers had partnered with disaster recovery organization St Bernard Project (SBP) to provide flood relief one year after heavy rains dumped approximately seven trillion gallons of water on southern Louisiana. Centered in Livingston Parish, the 12 youth volunteers and three chaperones worked on rebuilding three sites throughout the week, moving homeowners closer to returning to their homes at last.
Founded in the name of Ben Wheeler, a victim of 12/14, Ben’s Lighthouse has been providing service opportunities and programming for the Newtown community since 2013. Driven by the idea that “Helping is Healing,” Ben’s Lighthouse Outreach Trips enable high school volunteers to experience the impacts of service and the value of empathy. The Baton Rouge effort marked the fifth annual Outreach Trip; past trips have traveled to Oklahoma (2013), Colorado (2014 and 2015), and Montana (2016).