Weekend events focus on community service

Jefferson City residents will have a weekend full of service projects to choose from, all dedicated to improving the community.

The annual Serve Jeff City event is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers will meet in the 200 block of Madison Street for a pancake breakfast before setting off on various community projects throughout the city.

Ken Hussey, one of the event’s coordinators, said all the project ideas gathered for this year’s event are listed on the Serve Jeff City website, servejeffcity.com. The group is encouraging people to vote for their favorite projects to narrow the list of those that will be completed Saturday. The website lists 17 projects, and Hussey said the group hopes to be able to complete the 10 with the most votes.

However, Hussey said he believes more than 10 will be able to be completed Saturday, but the final amount of projects will depend on the amount of volunteers who take part.

“I think we’ll be able to take more than that based on the volunteer support we’ve received already,” Hussey said. “A lot of it’s based on how many volunteers we get and what we can support. We don’t want to over-commit on projects.”

So far, the top three projects listed are work at the Boys and Girls Club, landscaping at the Special Learning Center and work at the JC Ampitheatre.

Hussey said volunteers are encouraged to register ahead of time, but no one will be turned away Saturday if they want to help.

“Go to our website, get educated about the projects and sign up to volunteer that day,” Hussey said. “It’s going to be a great event.”

On Sunday, First Baptist Church is planning on canceling worship services and Bible teaching classes in order to encourage community members to take part in various projects throughout the city.

The event, called “Mission JC: In the City. For the City,” will began at 8 a.m. Sunday with a breakfast and prayer service. Volunteers will then be sent to work projects at the church and throughout the community.

Projects include cleaning at the animal shelter, city park beautification, landscaping for a Habitat for Humanity home and hospital visits. More information is available at fbcjc.org.

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