AuPairCare au pairs in the St. Louis Region joined forces recently with a local non-profit organization, Love the Lou, which works to positively impact the community of St. Louis city through restoration efforts and connecting resources to the needs of the city.
Love the Lou brings a positive impact in areas of the city that are struggling. One of the many ongoing projects is to beautify and maintain neighborhood gardens that are located in areas of the city that are stricken with crime, poverty, and little sense of community. These gardens promote positive changes such as a means to grow fresh vegetables and foods, a beautiful place to gather, and resources for future plans such as planting ingredients for salsa to make and sell or work opportunities for community teenagers that are a part of a mentorship program.
There were many smiles throughout the day during what was sometimes labor intensive work. Au pairs from Italy, Spain, Germany, Brazil, Colombia, and France worked in one of the neighborhood gardens building a fence, moving bricks and cement blocks, cleaning up trash, landscaping, shoveling mulch, and planting plants and flowers.
Alex, from Spain, shared
“We are really happy to be here helping these people and gardening and doing this work here. For this year St Louis is going to be our city and we want it to be a beautiful place and make their lives better too. We are very grateful to be here.”
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