On Saturday, November 3rd, members of our Tempe office joined over 300 volunteers for the 31st annual Valley Partnership Community Project. This year the team made a return visit to Sunshine Acres, a children’s home for kids whose families are currently unable to care for them. Sunshine Acres is home to more than 100 children and strives to provide every child in their care with the emotional, social, physical, educational, and spiritual support that they need to grow and be successful.

The Valley Partnership event encompassed the construction and renovation of several areas around the Sunshine Acres campus. RVi team members Brittany Geist, Tim Bukovszky and his son, Jeremiah, along with many other volunteers, tackled the God’s Garden project. As co-captain of the project, I helped design, organize, and supervise the planting of the garden. Other projects included painting a mural wall, installing new playground equipment, and providing seating and shade structures at the two parks onsite, as well as replacing the sod and hardscaping at the football field. Every year the Community Project Committee raises thousands of dollars of funding and in-kind donations to make this event a reality.

Many of the children who live at Sunshine Acres were able to participate in the project and were overjoyed to see the transformation of their home as everyone broke a healthy sweat in the morning sun. The day yielded fun, friendship, and feelings of goodwill for all as the finishing touches were placed just in time for lunch!