Local youth group learns importance of volunteering, building relationships within the community

LA CRESCENT, Minn. (WKBT) – A summer program teaching kids how to connect with communities around the country is staying local this year.

Prince of Peace Work Camp takes kids on mission trips to different states, but this summer’s trip was canceled due to the pandemic.

So organizers are taking a different approach.

Kids are volunteering in La Crescent, making repairs to four homes, and making Veterans Park handicapped accessible.

This work camp teaches servant leadership and life skills like general maintenance.

But one volunteer says building relationships within the community is what’s important to her.

“They’re usually brought to tears by all the help that we’ve given them. My resident this year said that we’re like a family to her that she never got to have,” said Morgan Loberg, a youth volunteer.

This is her 4th year of volunteering.

She says she’s been to Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Ohio.

Although the group is missing out on the trip, organizers and kids say they’re excited to revisit these places they put so much work into.