Youth from the MILL give back to community

Youth from the MILL give back to community


The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois through it’s “In Youth We Trust” Program awarded the MILL (Motivating Individuals for Learning and Living) a $2,500 grant. These funds enabled MILL students to build beautiful precision-crafted Adirondack chairs. Two chairs—each stylish, classic, durable, and most of all, comfortable, were presented by Dr. Robert Thorud, president/CEO of the MILL to Winnebago County Board Chairman Kristine Cohn, for use by the residents of River Bluff Nursing Home.

Mr. David Craig, workshop instructor at the MILL, said, “At-risk youth are often forgotten—and at times, so are the elderly. The kids at the MILL wanted to reach out and give back to the community. And we came up with the idea of the Adirondack chairs to give to the elderly at nursing and retirement homes in the Rockford community.”

From beginning to end, whether planning, designing, cutting, building or finishing, the students took great pride in this most successful project. A total of 26 chairs was made. Adirondack chairs were given to residents at Alden Park Strathmoor, Highview Retirement Home, Oak Ridge Manor and Wesley Willows. Four were auctioned at the MILL’s annual fundraising event, and four were sold to friends of the MILL at $150 each. Plans are underway to go into production for sale to the public the beginning of next year.

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