GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A local work force training program is benefiting from the helping hands of student volunteers. The United Way of South Mississippi hosted the students at Cafe Climb in Gulfport Wednesday. The Climb Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a nonprofit that helps prepare people for jobs in the hospitality industry.
The students came to help plant a vegetable garden that the cafe hopes to use for a farm-to-table program. Aaron Coles is a student at Salisbury University in Maryland. He says spending time to help others can have a big impact.
"It's the small things that add up, because people think that you've got to have a holistic way to change the world, but if you change one person's life, or change one person's day, that could make a huge difference. Like even planting plants, in a few weeks it's going to bloom," said Coles.
The students were here as part of an alternative Spring Break program. This year was the first year four different organizations came together to promote Aramark's Global Volunteer Day.
Lori West is the CEO of Climb CDC. She says the event has grown from the time she started it not too long ago.
"This is going on I believe our fifth or sixth year to be doing alternative Spring Break with volunteers from all over the country that come in and work on a project with our students here at CDC," said West.
Aramark partnered with Climb CDC, the Harrison County Soil and Water Conservation District and United Way of South Mississippi. The students came from 13 different states and 19 different schools to make the day possible and make a difference in the community.