Thousands of volunteers - hundreds in the north metro Atlanta region alone - will come together April 25 to pitch in and help with various community service projects. The Day of Service, as the volunteer effort is called, is a celebration sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
This year, the initiative will span 10 southern states, including Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Florida and Tennessee.
In Lilburn, volunteers will join forces to spruce up homes of homebound seniors by cleaning, doing yard work and providing in-home assistance. Gwinnett County Senior Services is partnering with the church in this effort. For more information about volunteering to help the elderly in Lilburn, e-mail GibbsLBA@bellsouth.net.
Bethesda Park will benefit from the Day of Service as well. Volunteers will check in at the park at 7:30 a.m., and everyone from the youngest to the oldest will have opportunities to beautify the much-used Gwinnett County park. All participants will receive a one-day pool pass for their efforts, thanks to Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Grayson, Day of Service Volunteers will help ready the new Harbins Park for an April opening, For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
In Centerville, volunteers from Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, Comets in Action (a student service club at South Gwinnett High School), local homeowners' associations and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will stencil local storm drains with information to help prevent storm water pollution.
Communities all across the north metropolitan area will benefit from this year's Day of Service, including Marietta, Carrollton, Waycross and Stone Mountain.
The Day of Service initiative began nearly 20 years ago. Volunteers have helped tornado, hurricane and flood survivors, families in economic distress and the elderly, among others. Entire communities are serviced as well, with parks and community gathering centers benefiting from improvement and beautification efforts.
For more information about this year's Day of Service, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or their community partners, visit www.dayofservice.org.