Louis L. Valentine Boys & Girls Club of Chicago

3400 S. Emerald, Chicago, IL 60616

Boys & Girls Clubs Volunteerism Featured in PBS Show

October 11, 2011 04:56 AM
The sight of 110 young people harvesting pumpkins, pulling weeds, rotating compost, planting basil seeds, and creating mushroom chandeliers is not commonly seen around Chicago.  However, the establishment of a new neighbor in Bridgeport coupled with an inspirational message to serve by a decorated U.S. Army war veteran is making it more visible.
On September 26th, members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago's Louis L. Valentine Club, a pillar of the Bridgeport community since 1938, journeyed one mile west to lend their hands & hearts to a new member of the community, Iron Street Farms.  Previously an abandoned industrial site at 3333 S. Iron Street, the renovated property serves as the City's 1st "green" campus to provide healthy/sustainable food, composting, employment, educational opportunities, and green community development. 
"What a great place,"  said Valentine Club member Jeremy O'Brien.  "I plan to organize a volunteer day for my De La Salle classmates."
This service project was inspired by U.S. Army Sergeant Bryan Anderson, who is journeying through Chicago neighborhoods to explore how Chicago's citizens and community service organizations are improving lives every day through service.  Anderson is filming a documentary about his experiences that will begin airing on PBS next month.  Recently, Anderson spoke at the Valentine Club about the importance of service and the will to never give up despite the obstacles they may face.
"Bryan was an incredible inspiration to our youth," said Erin Rochford, Valentine Club Director.  "He is an amazing role model who demonstrates that perseverance and sheer willpower make anything possible."
Boys & Girls Clubs' journey to Iron Street Farms will be featured on the night before Veteran's Day, November 10, 9 p.m. on WTTW-Channel 11 when "Reporting for Service with Bryan Anderson" premiers.