This is Jes. With her man Rendy.
Last week Jes emailed me to tell me about the South Franklin Community Center. Which I was unaware of, as you might be.
Check this out, Jes writes:
In December I finished a year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA (the domestic version of the Peace Corps). I was assigned to work in community development in the South Franklin neighborhood - Provo's low income area south of 600 S. to the Provo Towne Center Mall.
With another we started the South Franklin Community Center as well as the South Franklin Soccer League. We started both with 0 dollars and through volunteers and donations were able to create two great programs for the neighborhood. The community center has a ton of free classes and activities (tutoring, health, Institute, holiday parties, playgroups and more), and the second season of soccer this past fall had over 150 kids playing on 12 sponsored teams.
I think it would be GREAT if more people in Provo knew about this grassroots project and got involved.
I was so intrigued about this project, I went to the South Franklin Community Center's blog and read more. The blog has photos and posts and is wonderfully up-to-date. I would say to anybody with a little time to donate should consider spending it on this project. Or you can help by buying something off the Center's wishlist by shopping here.
Thank you Jes!