HENDERSON, Ky. – “Help comes in all sizes.”
That photo description accompanied an image captured at a community event that took place the second weekend in May in and around Henderson.
Help did come in all sizes on Saturday, May 12, when Holy Name Parish organized its annual Community Service Day.
There were young people and adults helping.
There were small projects and bigger ones.
There were people who could devote a little time, and others who could afford a lot.
Eight-year-old Amelia Gates chose to celebrate her birthday by helping others at the event organized by Holy Name’s Social Action Coordinator Ranni Dillard.
The goal was to address the needs of community non-profit organizations and individual homeowners requiring assistance.
Volunteers were able to accomplish a tremendous amount of work from the time they checked in at 8 a.m. to receive a job assignment until 2 p.m. when the last volunteer finished for the day.
Within that six-hour stretch the projects completed included:
It was the fourth year that Holy Name has held their Community Service Day.
“We usually contact local non-profit organizations to inquire about things we can do for them,” Dillard said. “We have helped Red Cross, the Father Bradley Shelter for Women and Children, Marsha’s Place, St. Vincent de Paul and the community garden.”
She said more volunteers registered this year than in the past and the workers were very diligent.
“It is my hope that this continues to grow,” Dillard said. “Last year we decided to earmark the second Saturday in May as our parish service day every year. Our hope is that parishioners will plan ahead for this and know to save it as a day to give back to the community.”
Community service projects like the one Holy Name organized are not uncommon in Henderson.
One Life Church works on organizing volunteers for a day each spring called “City Serve.” They tackle projects similar to the ones Holy Name took on.
And summer is coming.
“It is getting close to the World Changers summer annual blitz,” said Tammy Willett, community development specialist who manages the World Changers project for the City of Henderson.
Approximately 150 youth and adult participants will arrive the week of June 25th and will be working on several homes throughout the city that need minor exterior repairs.
Materials funding is made possible through the City’s Community Development Block Grant program and is supported by collaboration of many City departments, Green Valley Baptist Association, Lifeway and local businesses.
Willett said homeowners needing assistance should contact the Community Development Department at 270-831-1277. They can also visit www.cityofhendersonky.org and click on Departments/Community Development/World Changers to access the on-line inquiry.
“All homeowners have to meet program guidelines and all eligibility criteria in order to receive assistance for exterior repairs such as but not limited to: Accessible ramps, decks, porches, siding, roof, painting, minor masonry repairs, underpinning, doors, trimming of small hedges, install handrails, etc.,” Willett said.