Each year the Iowa Nursery and Landscape Association (INLA) holds a day of service to remember the events of September 11, 2001, and give their members an opportunity to give back to their community. On With Life was lucky to be selected for their 2017 service project.
"The day of service takes us out of the sometimes monotonous job we do each day and gives us an opportunity to serve our community and our industry," said John Hughes, president of the INLA Board of Directors. "We're able to serve our communities, educate future horticulturists and work alongside our colleagues. This day impacts us on many different levels."
More than 50 INLA members and students from horticulture classes at Iowa State University, Kirkwood Community College and Des Moines Area Community College designed and transformed three areas near the main entrance at On With Life, all in just one day.
"We wanted to enhance the natural beauty in the atmosphere at On With Life and let that aid in the healing that happens there," said Hughes. "The landscaping we did was designed and planted in such a way that it will bring joy for many individuals for many years to come."
To learn more about our therapeutic grounds project or volunteering at On With Life, visit our volunteer page.