ZAC held its first Annual ZAC Arbor Day on Saturday, September 8, 2018 where nearly 50 volunteers came to the ZAC grounds to lend a helping hand in planting new shrubs and other yardwork jobs that were necessary as the Ava Project construction finishes up. Coordinated by Zenobia Damania and Persis Driver with the indispensable support of Rohinton Rivetna, the bright, sunny day proved to a beautiful example of how large tasks can be tackled when many hands work together. In the span of a few hours, the hardworking group, among other things, finished planting 15 new flowering shrubs along the parking lot border, 2 new juniper shrubs for screening on the East side of the main building, and 1 new burning bush shrub near the front entrance of the building. The group also prepared the garden bed for the upcoming Festival of Faiths Interfaith rose planting ceremony, and also tackled many pruning, weeding and rough grading jobs around the ZAC property.
When stomachs began to growl, the volunteer workers were treated to a huge buffet spread, expertly coordinated by Roshan Rivetna, with food donated by volunteers. Many thanks to all the food volunteers including: Arnavaz Barshan, Kiku Engineer, Dilnaaz Rustomji, Persis Guard, Porus Dadabhoy, Dina Darki, Anahita Gonda, Nergish Mehta, Persis Driver, Roshan Rivetna, and Zenobia Damania.
To capitalize on the opportunity, the September ZAC Children’s religion class was held on the same morning with great success. The children learned about the elements of the Persian Garden and its connection to Zoroastrian concepts. After class, the children were involved in their own planting projects that day: two new container pots were placed at the front door entrance where the ZAC children planted colorful fall annuals, and also the ZAC children planted colorful mums at the foot of the ZAC sign at the driveway entrance.
It was heartening to see how many families took advantage of the day to come and work together in service to our community! Heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers (planting volunteers as well as volunteers who brought food) across the generations, who helped to make our ZAC a better place. It was a fulfilling experience all around: ZAC grounds got some much-needed TLC and volunteers (hopefully) slept well that evening, knowing they had made a lasting contribution with their community service together.