My name is Luke Harris. I am a Boy Scout in Troop 5 in Ridgewood, N.J.
My Eagle Scout Project benefits Ridgecrest Senior Housing, a subsidized housing facility that benefits seniors and persons with disabilities.
I have volunteered for Ridgecrest Senior and Disabled Housing for over
five years. Ridgecrest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Ridgewood, NJ, my home town. It has a very limited budget, they rely heavily on their community volunteers. My project is to rehabilitate, beautify, remove old shrubbery and replant with new bushes, shrubs,
plants and flowers by the two flagpole areas at Ridgecrest. The front
flagpole area also needs the curb repainted. I will provide two American flags and a custom Ridgecrest flag for these areas.
There are two flagpoles on site. The one in front of the apartments is overgrown and does not have attractive plantings and flowers. It seems ignored and overlooked. It looks sad and unwelcoming. It is one of the
first things that you see when you drive onto the property and it looks overgrown. Some residents have said they do not like it, it is unattractive and have asked to have it improved.
There is a second flagpole to the side of the building that has been completely ignored, there is nothing planted, no trees, bushes, flowers or shrubs near the flagpole. There is an existing bench and it could be a nice place for people to sit and enjoy the outdoors. With social distancing this gives residents some nice space to walk around and sit and socialize while staying 6 feet away.
This project benefits Ridgecrest as there is no budget for this and it would visually improve the property. I also hope it makes the residents proud to see their entrance and side look much nicer. Also, with the Ridgecrest flag, there will be more of a feeling of belonging and pride in their home.
I had planned to hold a bake sale as a fundraiser at the Daffodil Festival on April 19. Since that has been cancelled, I am looking for other fundraising options and I am asking for monetary donations. With the Corona virus pandemic, the residents are staying inside. They are not able to socialize as usual. All of their regular activities have been cancelled. Sue Ullrich, the Ridgecrest Activities Director has told me that the Corona virus has made it even more important for the residents to have attractive, peaceful and natural outside seating and gathering places. The residents on the south side also look out to the front and side flagpole.
I am writing to ask if you would make a monetary donation so I can purchase the supplies for this project. Any amount is welcome, but there
is no pressure. If you are interested you can make a donation through the Ridgecrest website or Facebook page, they have PayPal. Please make a
note that the donation is for Luke’s Eagle Scout Flagpole Project.