ORANGE - When people envision how our local youth spend their discretionary time, what comes to mind. Many have enough resources to participate in a veritable variety of self-indulgent, self-satisfying pursuits. However, many of our local youth are more concerned about serving others rather than themselves.
Elizabeth "Beth" Rafferty has been blessed with the opportunity to work with just such a group of young people. They might spend a weekend at the Orange Country Fair, working at the Orange Congregational Church booth in the Civic Tent. Or they could be found devoting their weekend to milking goats, gathering pumpkins, and helping children learn about Heifer Project International at Overlook Farm in Massachusetts. Or they might spend an evening making cookies for the residents at Orange Health Care, or maybe a day working with the Connecticut Food Bank. But for an ongoing commitment to serving others, they choose to work for and with Youth United of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI).