CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WBOY) – The Clarksburg Mission is engaged on pursuing the reworking of its kitchen to honor the lifetime of rising Eagle Scout, Levi Bender.
Bender’s mom first introduced him across the mission when he was solely 16 years previous. He liked to bike in addition to serve the Mission by serving to within the eating room and making connections with the residents, in accordance with Clarksburg Mission Govt Director, Lou Ortenzio.
As a life Scout, Bender aspired to be an Eagle Scout. To turn out to be an Eagle Scout, Bender wanted to finish a mission, so his mom got here to Ortenzio and mentioned what sort of mission they might do collectively that would depart a big effect. They talked about transforming the small kitchen to make it a bit greater and nicer. However a couple of week later, Bender was tragically killed in an car accident on Aug. 1, 2021.
Eagle Scouts are purported to have their initiatives completed by their eighteenth birthday, however not solely have they made an exception, however they’re utilizing this chance to commemorate Bender’s life and legacy.
Ortenzio and Bender’s dad and mom need to make good out of his passing to assist encourage different Scouts, household and mates of their therapeutic. “Making one thing as memorial to him, as a part of his legacy, is a very cool factor, and we’re simply actually happy and honored that the Bender household would choose us as a corporation to bear witness to his life,” Ortenzio stated.
The small kitchen and gear are older, however the group sees the potential in a much bigger full-service, correctly laid out, modernized gear kitchen. The mission not solely serves the numerous residents who dwell there but in addition serves meals in different methods locally. They’ve nice culinary assist in the kitchen and wish to have the ability to present them with the instruments they should assist extra effectively.
As of Sept. 26, the elevating of funds started about two weeks in the past. They’ve already raised $35,000 of the $100,000 it’s going to take to totally transform the kitchen. Ortenzio is grateful for the entire beneficiant individuals who dwell locally who need to assist deliver Bender’s mission to fruition. The reworking mission and planning will start as soon as the cash is raised. If fascinated by donating to assist make Levi Bender’s memorial mission come alive, you may donate on-line, or by means of Publish Workplace Field 4203, Clarksburg, WV, 26302.
Plans are nonetheless being formulated for your complete kitchen transform course of, so if you’re desirous to donate kitchen home equipment, the Mission would love to speak to these, however will not be fully certain what all they are going to have room for or can take. Lou Ortenzio would love for folks of the group to assist, he stated, “you realize, we’re a really beneficiant group. We actually all join to one another and that’s the beauty of West Virginia, about Harrison County, about Clarksburg, is that always, everyone is aware of everyone and appears out for everyone and it’s actually the connection that all of us have with one another that makes this group to particular.”
The significance of this mission serves for each Bender’s remembrance, in addition to the group that the mission serves, “We wanna honor our residents right here, and our employees who strive actually arduous to vary their lives, and comply with God’s will and plan for his or her life. Definitely for Levi Bender, to go away one thing after him, slightly than only a headstone and recollections in folks’s minds. I imply, a bodily presence of what his coronary heart was all about.”
Those that are available and cook dinner meals for the Mission are additionally being honored. He talked about that he doesn’t need them to need to do God’s work in a “nasty previous kitchen,” and that they need to additionally honor God by offering a pleasant kitchen.
If fascinated by staying up to date on the progress in all of Levi Bender’s Memorial Eagle initiatives, you could find extra info right here.