Windsor Road Christian Church
Weekend of Service Stats
2 park benches
3 picnic tables
20 new mattresses
1000 children’s dental kits
2 project coordinators
8 project sites
8 project site managers
10 months of planning
40 task team leaders
8 First Aid Kits
8 dust masks
10 canisters of Clorox Wipes
11 bottles antibacterial gel
16 pairs of work gloves
20 Safety Glasses
20 pairs of ear plugs
85 gallons of paint
120 pairs of disposable gloves
100 leaders working for 10 months
728 total volunteer spots over 2 days
…and 1 God getting ALL THE CREDIT.
I will warn you – this may not prove helpful or useful. The person interviewed by Jessie Torissi yesterday on VolunteerSpot’s blog recently organized 900 members of Windsor Road Christian Church for a recent weekend of service.
Something not right about a person capable of organizing nine hundred volunteers. I know this for a fact. This wackjob’s my sister. I will not say whether she’s my younger or older sister. I will say simply that most people think she’s younger … much younger.
Yesterday, she was featured on a way-cool-just-added-to-my-google-reader-RSS-feed blog – VolunteerSpot – that celebrates and shines big, happy lights on helpful lessons in … well … being helpful.
Peisker says. “As Christians, it’s more important what we do than what we say. We really want to be on the ground, serving our community.” Over the last five years, church members have identified the causes they feel most allied with and begun donating their time. But nothing like this had happened before.
At the domestic violence shelter, they painted the entire interior of the building, landscaped the grounds including building a rainwater storage facility, and got enough mattresses donated to replace the ratty twin ones the women and children were sleeping on.
In Douglass Park, one of the poorer areas of town, church volunteers threw an old-fashioned picnic for families, with a baseball clinic, BBQ, and other festival games before distributing food to families in need.
Across town, volunteers invited 80 single moms to enjoy a day of manicures, craft-making, and R&R while providing childcare for their kids.
To say it was a major success would be an understatement; the church put in more than 4,000 hours of service in one weekend. But Peisker is not the type to brag.
Boy, that’s the truth. It’ll drive ya nuts – her humble awesomeness. It’ll also blanket you in grace and inspiration if you let it.