The Garden of Fire festival is a culminating celebration of youth learning through artwork, performance, and music. It provides a place and time to joyously celebrate the earth, wind and sky in unison with caregivers, teachers, artists, and community members. The festival also provides opportunities for social interaction; a time when youth are encouraged to interact with their peers outside of a learning environment. The festival is a proven “stage” where non-participating/hesitant youth who desire a place to showcase their learning can demonstrate self-confidence alongside their peers. The program provides the participating youth opportunities to expand their horizons by meeting in different locations and meeting people from other communities.
Volunteers are needed to help make the Garden of Fire Festival a success! The festival will take place on Friday, August 14, 2015, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the new CareFirst facility in Painted Post, NY. Volunteers may sign-up for the full day or for various shifts: choose from a variety of . We appreciate the passion and knowledge that a willing volunteer force provides. All volunteers whose shift runs through lunchtime are welcome to partake in the food and beverages offered. The Festival serves approximately 145 youth, who will be accompanied by 30-40 volunteers, 20 staff members from the partnering organizations, along with community dignitaries and members of various boards.
On behalf of CareFirst, I am excited to announce that we will be hosting this year’s Garden of Fire Festival!
As an organization, CareFirst is most known for our hospice program, working with those at end of life; however, we have a variety of other services including grief services for children that focuses specifically on encouraging emotional healing and healthy coping. We have been honored to represent CareFirst in the Garden of Fire program and were thrilled when we could participate last year; giving children involved an opportunity to connect their work in art and science with their own personal well-being.
This year, CareFirst is looking forward to taking our involvement to a whole new level by hosting the Garden of Fire Festival at our new office. In an effort to better serve our community and create room for expansion, CareFirst recently moved to what was formerly known as the Frank Pierce School in Painted Post. We nearly tripled the size of our office space and are on 13 acres of land, providing plenty of opportunities to host events such as this. We are optimistic that we will reach more of our community by having the festival at our facility and look forward to welcoming all of you here.
Chelsea Ambrose, LMSW
Grief Services Clinical Leader