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Community Day of Service in Honor of 9-11
by Submitted by Rebekah Schaff AmeriCorps VISTA
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CEDAR CITY--In honor of September 11, 2001, along with the national campaign to promote community service and UServeUtah, the Community Presbyterian Church held a Day of Service in conjunction with the Iron County Care and Share. The National Day of Service is the culmination of efforts originally launched in 2002 in which communities across the nation come together to volunteer their time to worthy local causes. This event, which took place on Sept. 17, 2016, was held at the Iron County Care and Share’s Food Pantry and Emergency Shelter.

The Community Presbyterian Church hosted a food drive to help restock the shelves of the pantry. Members of the congregation donated approximately 149 pounds of much needed food for those who seek help at the Care and Share. Additional funds were also given to Care and Share to purchase what was not donated.

For the day of service, 124 community volunteers participated in many activities including weeding, planting trees for shade, putting up a sun shade sail, fixing and painting the playset. In addition, 167 pounds of produce were harvested from the garden. Participants included adults and families from Cedar City, as well as students from Southern Utah University (SUU).

Sabrina Barrios, a SUU Nursing student, said, “It’s nice to know that putting in a couple hours of my time can make an area safer and more useable for kids in need.” Sabrina participated in painting and fixing a play set area for children that are passing through the emergency shelter. According to promotional items available at the event, the Iron County Care and Share provided 8,612 nights of shelter last year alone.

“I was amazed by both how many volunteers gave up their Saturday morning to help and the multitude of services offered by this local organization” said Karen Ganss, a local community volunteer. In addition to providing an emergency shelter for individuals without permanent housing, the Care and Share cooks hot meals and hosts a food pantry for the local community.

To learn more about the need in our area or to volunteer with the Iron County Care and Share, email info@careandshare-utah.org. Community tours are the first Tuesday of every month from 11 a.m. -12 noon at 222 W 900 North in Cedar City.

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