National Day of Service attracts volunteers for VilDon project

Dr. Carolyne Clark paints with a smile.

TAPPAHANNOCK—VilDon Edutainment Inc. (VilDon) in Tappahannock served as a site for the National Day of Service Saturday, September 11.

As the day of service was approaching, co-founders Vilma Alejandro and Donna “DJ” Jackson decided to call on friends, family and organizations to volunteer two hours of service to help prepare and refresh the building in preparation for the painting of a mural to commemorate lives lost to COVID-19.

To their surprise, a small but dedicated crew showed up to help. Included in that crew, for the first shift, was Jim and Kathy Spangler. Kathy Spangler is the director of Virginia Service Commission, AmeriCorps Virginia.

VilDon received $250 from its 2021 9/11 Day of Service Mini Grant program to support the mural project and $650 from The Virginia Commission for the Arts/National Endowment for the Arts (VCA).

Although volunteers had things to do and places to be on such a beautiful Saturday, Jackson was thankful her brother; sister; sister-in-law, Dr. Carolyne Clark, local board member also representing Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.; and Keyva Parker, representing the Virginia Northern Neck Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority went beyond their service hours. The volunteers cleaned, scraped, wiped and painted….

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