SLOBS’ Service Sunday

It’s great to be a SLOB.

SLOBS — it stands for Service League of Boys — is one of Staples High School’s most popular clubs. Over 250 boys volunteer at more than 75 community events in Westport, Norwalk and Bridgeport, providing thousands of hours of service.

They collect and deliver food, toys, books, clothes, sports equipment, school supplies, coats, hats, gloves, scarves and toiletries. They donate to Puerto Rican relief, and Staples Tuition Grants.

But their big event occurs every spring: Service Sunday. Today — for the 9th year in a row — SLOBS and their parents worked on a variety of projects. They were everywhere in town. They also donated over $5,000 in supplies to the Read and Cesar Batalla Schools in Bridgeport, and a sexual assault crisis center in Stamford.

Among the SLOBS and their sites:

Weeding, mulching and planting at A Better Chance of Westport’s Glendarcy House.

Repairing deer enclosures, cleaning the butterfly garden and bird areas, and improving trails, plus moving lots of dirt and wood to get Earthplace ready for spring and summer.

Cleaning, weeding and planting at the Green Village Initiative community garden in Bridgeport.

Cleaning a playground and pumping up bicycle tires; managing a Wii tournament for kids, and organizing the resource center and clothing area at Open Door Shelter in Norwalk.

They also weeded, mulched, planted and cleaned outdoor toys at 3 Homes With Hope properties on Wassell Lane; planted shrubs and small trees at the Smith Richard Preserve; hauled and spread compost in planting beds, turned soil, and laid irrigation lines at Wakeman Town Farm, and helped ready shopping bags for a food drive organized by postal workers in Norwalk.

So how did you spend your Sunday?

6 responses to “SLOBS’ Service Sunday

  1. Julie Fatherley

    I am totally overwhelmed by this amazing service of generosity to our community as well as Bridgeport and Norwalk. I saw the signs while
    driving my grandchildren by some work sites but no idea what it was about.
    My heartfelt thanks to all those who volunteer as well as their
    parents who support this effort. Julie Fatherley

  2. Jacqueline Stewart

    Blessings to each of you!!
    So wonderful to see this!!

  3. Michele Mitnick

    Thank you SLOBS! You were awesome today at the Glendarcy House where the A Better Chance of Westport Scholars were able to work alongside you, their Staples peers. Thanks for your hard work and kindness while showing the Westport community that the youth in our town can really make a difference. I am fortunate to be a current member of the ABC community and a past board member of SLOBs. Way to go, guys!!

  4. Chuck Greenlee

    OUTSTANDING group!!! Thanks guys for this and the many other things you do around our towns!

  5. What a great group of big hearted young men! One more reason why Westport is such a unique community. Thank you all a whole lot.

  6. Chip Stephens SHS '73

    This weekend I saw the hard working SLOBS at a house on North Ave They reaffirm all that is good and right in this town and its youth, THANK YOU, you all do us proud !