Fraternity Builds Garden Boxes for Burns Hill Community Garden

Kappa Sigma gardening

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 14, 2017 – Over the weekend, members of High Point University’s Kappa Sigma Fraternity donated their time and energy at the Burns Hill Community Garden.

The brothers of Kappa Sigma gathered in the community garden with community volunteers to build new garden bed boxes which will aid the garden in expanding its food supply.

Jerry Mingo, president of the Burns Hill Neighborhood Association, says that he is thankful for the young men from Kappa Sigma, especially during challenging times as the community continues the effort to feed those who need it most.

“As a result of their efforts in helping build more beds for planting, adding soil to new and existing beds and painting the beds, we will be able to meet the needs of more families who are struggling to meet basic food needs and facing hunger on a daily basis,” says Mingo. “Because of the work done on Saturday, we will be able to continue to serve families in the hopes of providing them with a sense of security necessary to achieve self-reliance.”

Kappa Sigma’s vice president, Jesser Johnston, says that the experience was humbling and provided the men with a new awareness. 

“Having the opportunity to work alongside local humanitarian efforts gave everyone in our fraternity a better understanding for how we can make a change within our community,” said Jesser. “We were able to build and fill garden beds that will be used to grow fresh produce and hopefully motivate the people within that neighborhood to get more involved in supporting the surrounding community.”

“The members of Kappa Sigma that came to the Burns Hill Community Garden played a huge role in helping to build five new beds and beautifying the garden for the spring planting season,” says Brittaney McClure, an AmeriCorps VISTA at HPU. “It was empowering to see two generations come together to help the community during this event. Burns Hill Community Garden not only serves the people living around the garden, but they also provide fresh food to the local pantry and with the additional beds they plan to serve more people this year.” 

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