Palm Beach Atlantic University alumni from the Orlando and West Palm Beach areas gathered in central Florida recently for that region's first Workship project that united both alums and current students.
Twenty-four participants - 12 alumni, three students from the Orlando campus and nine family members - took part in a beautification project at Give Kids the World Village, a 70-acre, non-profit resort in Kissimmee that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
Give Kids the World provides accommodations at its whimsical resort, donated attractions tickets, meals and more for a week-long, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 95,000 families from all 50 states and more than 65 countries.
During the Workship project, volunteers spent part of a Saturday weeding the village's Avenue of Angels and completing other projects as well. Officials with the organization said they welcomed the help, noting that the village only has a four-person team responsible for landscaping the entire property.
Of those who participated, many expressed interest in volunteering at Give Kids the World on a more regular basis, said Amy Paul, a 2000 graduate and the Central Florida chapter leader for the PBA Alumni Association. Others also showed interest in doing more Workship projects as an alumni group, Paul said.