Volunteering can be fun. But it’s even better if you can enjoy the great outdoors and create something new.

That is exactly what six members of the management team from Bigelow Tea in Fairfield did to help out Kennedy Center clients. They spent half the day building and planting a raised vegetable garden at the Dan Smith group home in Monroe.

This charitable project is part of The Kennedy Center’s Adopt-A-Home program, which unites a group home with businesses, civic organizations and other community partners in New Haven and Fairfield counties. Bigelow Tea was the first company to volunteer with The Kennedy Center on this initiative and previously worked on other area group homes.

In addition to supplying the manpower, Bigelow Tea purchased all the supplies, including the plants, soil, wood boxes and fencing. The Kennedy Center clients are enjoying the fruits of their labor and have fresh herbs, cabbage, squash and tomatoes to use in their salads.

According to Martin D. Schwartz, president and CEO of The Kennedy Center, “Bigelow Tea has been such a wonderful partner to The Kennedy Center over the years. They have truly made a difference to our agency and the individuals we serve.”

The Kennedy Center, founded in 1951 and headquartered in Trumbull, is an internationally accredited, non-profit, community-based rehabilitation organization that currently serves 2,400 individuals annually. The agency actively responds to the needs of the community by offering innovative, comprehensive service options to persons with disabilities and special needs, from birth to senior years. The Kennedy Center operates 29 community experience programs, 16 group homes, an industries program composed of six businesses, supported and competitive employment and job placement services, a family support and respite service, travel training, and a variety of children’s programs. Visit www.thekennedycenterinc.org for more information.