Cloudy skies and cool temperatures didn't hinder the 7th annual Day of Service held Sunday by the Neosho Area Community Clergy Coalition. Approximately 250 volunteers joined together at Neosho's Big Spring Park and formed teams. There were 40 jobs turned in by local individuals and entities and all were completed by volunteers.
"We're thankful you took time out of your Sunday," Jeremie Bridges, director of The Canopy in Neosho and one of organizers of the event told volunteers as the event got underway. "We have some teams already out. We have a bunch out and about already."
Team leaders reported to Bridges who then handed out assignments and asked for volunteers. Some teams already had members in place. Bridges listed jobs and asked for volunteers.
Some of the tasks Bridges assigned including repainting the Reed Wading Pool in Big Spring Park, clearing a vacant lot near Freeman Neosho hospital of weeds and debris, trash pickup along the walking trail in Morse Park, clean-up at Scenic Park and more. One team assigned for some sorting and restocking duties at the Restoration Life Center store in Neosho and at The Help Center.
Jobs throughout the community ranged from window washing and lawn work to housework and painting. A free car wash for anyone in the community was also held.
Volunteers worked from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. All participants were invited to return to the park to enjoy a meal that included pie, music, fellowship and prayer.
Bridges urged volunteers to find other ways to help if they finished their assigned tasks. "Make it happen somewhere else," he said. "Knock on doors. Ask if you can do anything to help, if you can bless them. Sit down, have a conversation, offer to pray with them. Be mindful to them.We're just going to serve our community."
The annual event is designed to reach out through acts of service and compassion with a servant's heart to bless Neosho.