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Community Connections in Nuevo Arenal

IMG 2163(as written in the Tico Times: March, 2013)

2013 marks the third year that the international volunteer group Led-2-Serve returned to Nuevo Arenal to participate in projects benefitting the community.

For most college students, spring break means traveling to places like Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Cancun, Mexico, for two weeks of partying and chilling out. The 26-member Led-2-Serve group included sixteen third-year students from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, who had more constructive ideas of what to do with their free time.

Dividing into work teams, the students and their Led-2-Serve mentors (coordinated by Vanessa Puleo) restored and repainted the metal roof of the high school, cleaned and painted chairs at the bullring salon, constructed a fenced play yard for pre-school children whose parents are working, and built a fence enclosure for the vegetable garden at the Asamiento school. Sonja Wagner conducted disscussions on nutrition at the school.

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Led2Serve Announces Partnership with Basket Brigade Central Florida

Non-profit teams up with Thanksgiving outreach event to serve over 2,500 families this year! 

“We couldn’t be happier,” says Vanessa Puleo, Founder and Executive Director of Led2Serve. “I’ve known Joetta Raylots for many years and know what a huge heart she has for helping others. We’re thrilled to facilitate the growth of this meaningful event. Taking a vision like Basket Brigade of feeding families, linked with Led2Serve’s mission to serve others, we will accomplish amazing things in the Central Florida area.” 

basket brigade Led2Serve, a Florida based non-profit organization, is pleased to announce a partnership with Basket Brigade Central Florida to lead the administration, planning and logistical execution of it’s yearly Thanksgiving food drive.

“We started Basket Brigade twenty years ago with the notion that one small act of generosity on the part of one caring person can transform the lives of so many people. We’ve grown this annual event to feed thousands of families. This new partnership will help the local serve event in so many ways. We can also now offer corporate sponsors the opportunity to give back to the local community through tax-deductible donations for Thanksgiving meals. We can only imagine this partnership with Led2Serve will allow significantly more families to be helped each year as a result,” said Joetta Raylots, Founder and creator of Basket Brigade Central Florida. 

Raylots and Puleo are in the planning stages of how to take the foundational process and success of the Basket Brigade program and duplicate it across the USA. This year’s event will be on Saturday. REGISTER HERE to get involved on November 18th!

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Be a Journey Connector

What is a Journey Connector? It's quite simple....and very fun. You are a connector of people to Journeys. Journey Connectors are one of the most important aspects of our organization. You connect us to others who share the same passion and vision in life.

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Future Journeys & Events

Jun 25th - Jul 2nd
The Costa Rican Journey (FULL)
Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
Jul 30th - Aug 4th
Service Misson ~ (FULL)
Key Largo, Florida
Sep 10th - Sep 12th
National Leader Training
Ocala, Florida
Sep 11th - Sep 15th
Cherokee, NC ~ ASA (12th)
Cherokee, NC
Sep 11th - Sep 13th
Southwind Adventure ~ ASA (7th)
Ocala, Florida
Sep 11th - Sep 15th
St. Simon Island ~ ASA (9th)
St. Simon Island, Georgia
Sep 12th - Sep 15th
Exploring the Keys ~ ASA (8th)
Key Largo, Florida
Nov 12th - Nov 16th
Adventure & Serve, C21NS
Key Largo, Florida
Nov 18th - Nov 18th
Basket Brigade Central Florida
Orlando, FL

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