The third annual Community SERVE Day is Aug. 27, and volunteers are needed to work in Redmond, Kirkland and many other community projects scheduled for the day.
Kate Jones is the local outreach coordinator for Northshore Baptist Church in Kirkland, which is organizing the event.
“This is a project started by a couple of churches in the Kirkland, Bothell, Woodinville and Redmond area,” she said. “We work with schools to help teachers and staff prepare for the school year, individuals who need help with yard work or minor home repairs and other community organizations. This year we are in 14 different elementary schools, three mobile home parks, and we’re working with Vision House.”
Three of the projects will take place at Redmond elementary schools.
Jones said other community organizations that are joining the effort include groups from the YMCA, school PTAs, Boy Scouts and even from a local dental office. Churches involved are: Northshore Baptist, , Woodinville Church of Christ, Eastside Foursquare, Bear Creek Community, Life Community Church, Coal Creek Chapel, Crosspointe Church, Woodinville Alliance, Kirkland Foursquare, Evergreen Community, Living Hope Fellowship, Eastside Christian Fellowship and Journey Church Kirkland.
This year, organizers are expecting more than 1,600 people, 500 more than last year. Currently, 700 people have signed up to volunteer. You can view the various projects and their locations and sign up for one near you at communityserveday.org.
“One of my favorite parts of the day in the past couple of years has been to watch local churches and community organizations join together and serve together,” Jones said. “The focus of the day is not about any organization getting recognition; it is about the community participating in the community.”