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Community Service: Olivet & Church of the Spirit's Day of Service



For our Day of Service, members from Olivet and Church of the Spirit participated in one of two different service projects: Carpenter's Shelter and Generosity Feeds.

The day was a lot of fun and worthwhile for all participants. 

Here are summaries of both projects: 

The Carpenter's Shelter project took place at the Birchmere in Alexandria and was a cook-off between 20 top-rated local restaurants along with live and silent auctions and live music. This event is Carpenter's Shelter biggest yearly fundraiser. Our volunteers helped in all activities: registration, auctions, parking, and as needed jobs. 

Carpenter's Shelter provides emergency housing for families in Alexandria and is in process of constructing a multi-story building that will have an emergency shelter and transitional housing units. In addition to helping the homeless, they also help individuals with becoming job ready, parenting classes, budget counseling, and other life skills. 

The second project took place in the Hayfield High School cafeteria and benefited Generosity Feeds. an organization which unites communities to help end childhood hunger. This event was organized by the Journey Church and was well attended by many volunteers from all over the Franconia community. The goal was met to pack 15,000 meal bags consisting of rice, beans and other nutritional supplements. Our volunteers assisted in the assembly lines set up on long tables. They scooped and packed ingredients for the meal bags as well as refilled supplies and other work as needed. 

In the cafeteria, besides the meal packing areas, were other tables displaying information from local community organizations whose goal is to decrease food insecurity. You can see some of these tables in the slideshow link at the bottom of this email. Alive, Blessings in a Backpack, Koinonia and others had information on ways we can continue to help those in our community who are hungry. 

See the pictures from our Day of Service by clicking here. (click the slideshow button in the upper left corner). 

A big thanks to all our volunteers from the Church of the Spirit and Olivet, and to Ann Caulkins for planning and organizing this fun day!

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