Teens find a way to socialize, help others

Teenagers from the Northwest Corner Giv2 Chapter visited the Geer campus Feb. 27 as part of its focus on regionwide gatherings and community service. Jessie MacDonald of North Canaan worked on one of the cheerful cards she and other teens later presented to Geer residents. Photo by Karen Bartomioli

NORTH CANAAN — A beach ball and some balloons were batted wildly; older brains edged out younger ones in games of trivia; and snow sculptures amazed all ages.

It was Giv2 Meets Geer on Feb. 27, and two or even three generation gaps were solidly bridged.

Giv2 (pronounced Give Squared) is a relatively new program, started about two years ago in Hartford through the United Church of Christ, Congregational (UCC). It is spreading quickly, as teenagers in grades seven through 12 welcome a chance to find a faith-based, meaningful way to socialize beyond Sunday mornings at church.

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