This is my first official post for the We Are the World Blogfest, and I thought I’d start it out right in my own backyard.
Sometimes I forget that there are good things happening nearby. We don’t always have to look at some far-off country, or even the opposite end of our own country, to find someone doing the right thing to benefit someone else who needs it.
Today I want to highlight the way our community got together to get a high school ready for the influx of students who will be arriving in less than a couple weeks. Some time ago, a local church came up with the idea for a community renewal program that connected willing volunteers with specific neighborhoods and organizations, with the intention of serving those in need. ServErie was born. Individuals, families, groups, and churches now come together on a regular basis to show love in practical ways.
The ServErie project for mid-late summer involved a local high school that was recently part of a school consolidation. The school had already been scheduled for an upgrade as part of the consolidation plan, but then it became further damaged by fire in late May—a fire that caused enough structural damage in some areas to prompt the cancellation of the final weeks of classes.
ServErie saw the need and met it head-on. They put out the word and had about 1,600 volunteers preregister to help, with almost 400 more who simply showed up on the working days. Everything from major structural reconstruction & giving the walls a fresh coat of paint to scrubbing down the lockers got attention. Those who were skilled in certain areas were able to use their gifts, and those who claimed they didn’t know one end of a paintbrush from another were still able to help in hundreds of ways.
I’m proud of my city and its sense of community. You can read all about the school project HERE. Be encouraged! There are still good people in this world who think of others.
So . . . this is a blog hop! That means we support each other by visiting, commenting, and sharing. This month’s cohosts are Simon Falk, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Inderpreet Uppal, Lynn Hallbrooks, Eric Lahti, and Mary J. Giese. Pop on over to their blogs and see what they have to say about the good things in our world.
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