Churches invite volunteers to help with Day of Service

Sue Guinn Legg • Apr 7, 2012 at 8:51 PM

About 200 members of Johnson City’s two Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congregations are preparing for their fourth annual Day of Service for the community on April 21.

The congregations are inviting other churches and individual volunteers to join them in six major work projects to be completed at the city’s Princeton Arts Center and Winged Deer and Civitan parks.

“This is about community service. There is no other motivation,” said Ruth Bailey, an organizer of the local service day.

Regionwide, about 500 Mormons donated an estimated 4,000 hours of labor for their communities in last year’s one-day service blitz, and an equal number are expected to turn out this year for projects planned in Kingsport, Bristol and Johnson City.

In Johnson City, the churches will partner with the city and Terry Henderson Landscaping to construct a new 16- by 16-foot deck and a new stone patio with an inset barbecue grill at the arts center on Princeton Road.

At Civitan Park, the volunteers will remove and replace a chronically leaning fence, a project that will include the placement of new post boxes and some rebar work. At Winged Deer, crews will clear the treelines throughout the park’s disc golf course with chain saws, clean and mulch the course’s T-boxes and remove a winter’s worth of trash and debris from beneath the park’s lakeside boardwalk.

A kick-off ceremony for the service day with welcoming remarks from local government leaders will be held at 8 a.m. at the Meredith Pavilion at Winged Deer, located beside the park’s boat ramp on Carroll Creek Road. Volunteers will deploy to the project sites immediately following the brief ceremony and they are encouraging all others who may wish to help to come along.

Some “major landscaping” also is planned at the Winged Deer and, should there be an abundance of volunteers, the city has a needed painting project in the wings to accommodate the overflow.

“We would love to bring people in from all over the community and we do hope they will come and lock arms and work shoulder to shoulder with us to do something nice for the community,” Bailey said.

More information about the projects and how to help can be found online at www.DayofService.org or may be obtained by calling Bailey at 542-6076 or emailing ruthknightbailey@gmail.com.

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