|Eagle Scout candidate Cliff Lindholm holds a shelter puppy|
Stepping up to take on this challenge was 17-year old high school senior and Eagle Scout candidate, Clifford Lindholm. After meeting MTAS Director Niki Dawson, Clifford thought the shelter and its canine residents would benefit from a revitalized yard.
"What the shelter does is important and I thought there was a need to help them,” said Clifford.
Requiring several visits and many volunteers, this considerable endeavor included removing overgrown trees and shrubbery, pulling weeds from the perimeter of the yard, painting the railing, removing debris and, most notably, putting a new roof on the outdoor dog runs.
The nearly 50-member team working with Clifford from mid-June to early August included volunteers from the scouting community, his friends and his family.
Clifford’s strong leadership and unwavering dedication was evident throughout the duration of the project and was pivotal to its success.
“He worked very hard to get volunteers to help out…and he was very organized and worked well with everyone,” said one volunteer.
When asked what was the hardest part of this project during the course of two summer months, Clifford said, "It required a lot of coordinating of the work and the volunteers."
“The MTAS is proud to be the beneficiary of this extraordinary young man’s quest to reach Eagle Scout,” said Niki.
Eagle Scout is the highest honor a scout can earn, an accomplishment attained by about four percent of the boys who enter scouting nationwide. Among the requirements to reach that prestigious level is an extensive service project planned, organized, led and managed by the candidate.
“We would gladly welcome any teenager who’d like to take on this type of project for credit, internship or award,” said Niki. “Such projects are win-win scenarios for the project leader and our animals.”
The Montclair Township Animal Shelter is located at 77 North Willow Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. The shelter opens at 12:00 p.m. seven days a week, closing at 4:00 p.m. every day except Tuesday and Wednesday when it closes at 6:00 p.m. The Shelter provides Animal Control services to Montclair, Verona and Nutley.