We value each, and every participant –they become part of our family. Their efforts impact our organization immensely and we are extremely grateful.
Bonanzaville Pioneer Village in West Fargo, North Dakota is the largest historical attraction in the region, sprawled out on 12 acres, with 43 historic buildings and 400,000 artifacts. Operated by the Cass County Historical Society, it’s keeping the history and cultural heritage of the Red River Valley alive. As a host agency for Experience Works’ Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), it offers a positive and unique setting for participants to gain new job skills and feel really connected to greater community –past and present.
Ruth Coffman is updating her job skills as an archivist and providing occasional help at the front desk. She is one of four SCSEP participants currently receiving training in a variety of other areas including janitorial and maintenance; assisting the curator, activities coordinator and even Director Brenda Warren who says the benefits of being a host agency goes both ways. As with many nonprofits, Bonanzaville’s staff is small, so having participants helps balance workloads and in some cases, helps support projects that might otherwise have to go on the back burner.
Find out more about Bonanzaville: http://www.bonanzaville.org/
Image on the left shows Bonanzaville Director Brenda Warren, SCSEP participant Ruth Coffman; Activities Coordinator Missy Warren pictured with a 1800’s fire wagon – just one of the many interesting artifacts featured on the property.