volunteerism

Lane Street Project: Greenfield students learn about volunteer opportunities.

Two weeks ago, Lane Street Project participated for the first time in Greenfield School‘s Community Service Fair. Castonoble Hooks and Briggs Sherwood, core members of our beloved Senior Force, spoke to students about the history of Vick and Odd Fellows Cemeteries and about the work we do at Odd Fellows during our clean-up seasons. We hope we inspired students to join us this winter!

Castonoble Hooks regales Greenfield students as Briggs Sherwood looks on.

Thanks to Greenfield librarian Jennifer Johnson for the invitation and to the school’s communications coordinator for the photo!

Lane Street Project: Juneteenth thank yous!

And it’s a wrap! Juneteenth weekend was extra-special for Lane Street Project. For the first time, we had a booth at Wilson’s Juneteenth Festival, and our first summertime clean-up, co-sponsored by Scarborough House Resort, was a resounding success!

Special thanks to David Speight of Mount Hebron Lodge #42; festival vendor chairperson Sheryletta Lacewell; Lane Street Project volunteers Castonoble Hooks, Briggs Sherwood, Billy and Christina Foster, Brittany Hamm, and Lisa Benoy Gamble; and Jen Kehrer and the good folks of Scarborough House. Thanks also to everyone who stopped by our booth Saturday to learn more about our work at Odd Fellows and Vick Cemeteries and all who showed up in today’s steamy heat to take back a little bit of sacred ground.

Photos courtesy of Jen Kehrer and Derek Griffin.

Lane Street Project: celebrate with service!

Celebrate Juneteenth with service! Lane Street Project needs volunteers to help out at our booth at Wilson Juneteenth Festival and to join us at an Odd Fellows Cemetery clean-up sponsored by our friends at Scarborough House Resort. Please help make a difference!

Thanks so much to Jen Kehrer of Scarborough House for this video and all the work she pours in Lane Street Project!

Lane Street Project: help wanted!

Lane Street Project has an opportunity to set up a booth at Wilson Juneteenth Festival to raise awareness of our work and the cemeteries we serve. This is an excellent chance to connect with the community, especially families who might be descended from or related to people buried in Vick Cemetery.

We have less than three weeks to pull this together. The festival is June 17th and runs from 2:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. We need more volunteers who will commit to manning our booth during the day. We’ll be handing out informational literature about the clean-ups at Odd Fellows and about the recent findings at Vick Cemetery. If you’ve been wanting to help Lane Street Project, but dragging vines out of the woods isn’t your thing, please consider volunteering for an hour or two.

If interested, please contact me as soon as possible at blackwideawake@gmail.com or via the Lane Street Project Facebook page. Thank you!

Lane Street Project: thank you!

My deep gratitude to Preservation of Wilson, the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the Senior Force (and visiting grandson!), and all who came out for today’s workday!

There are only four scheduled clean-ups left in Season 3. We welcome all organizations to join the work of Lane Street Project in reclaiming and restoring historic Odd Fellows Cemetery. Wilson’s history lies here.

Photo courtesy of Anne Sauerborn Joyner.