Sam Rosendahl, 17, a senior patrol leader for Boy Scout Troop 118, chartered by the Parish of St. Benedict in Ahwatukee, did his Eagle project to benefit Bridging AZ, a furniture bank in Mesa. Jim Piscopo, founder and president of Bridging AZ, said the group is a 501(c)3 organization that works with several agencies through case workers providing beds, furniture, and sometimes household accessories to those transitioning from state/government supported or protective living environments (half-way houses, prison, shelters, etc.) to living on their own.
Rosendahl organized a volunteer work force of 25 individuals and implemented the re-stuccoing of the front of an auxiliary building referred to as the “Hope Chest,” the painting of the entire building and an existing wall, and the pouring and painting of seven concrete pylons surrounding an existing patio.
More than 250 hours went in to the planning and execution. Rosendahl raised more than $3,200 to pay for equipment and materials, etc., and was able to donate over $800 to Bridging AZ upon completion of his project.