Two-week long Helping Florence Flourish volunteer clean-up effort kicks off Saturday
BOB SLOAN Editor
Beginning Saturday, residents of Florence will have a multiple opportunities to give back to their communities as part of the two-week community service initiative ServeFlo.
In its fourth year, the program brings churches, businesses, non-profits and individuals together to serve areas of need in Florence. Numerous projects will take place during the two-week period of June 15-27.
ServeFlo is sponsored by the Christian-based non-profit organization, Helping Florence Flourish. ServeFlo was established in 2016 after a realization by organizers that many Florence area churches were doing great acts of service in the community already, but could have larger impact by simultaneously working to bless Florence.
“We are excited to have 20-plus projects to bless our community,” said team leader Rev. Chris Handley, associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Florence. “It’s the most single moment of living into the Helping Florence Flourish vision, and we’d love to have the community join us for any or several projects.”
ServeFlo will kick off Saturday with the Downtown Cycle and Roll Festival at 10 a.m.
Several projects are planned during the first week of ServeFlo. A Law Enforcement Luncheon will be held June 19 at First Presbyterian Church of Florence. On June 20, there will be a Red Cross Blood drive held from 1 to 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian. Other events planned for June 20 are a “Taking the City For Christ” prayer event at numerous locations, and community cookouts at the Boys and Girls Club and Northwest Park.
ServeFlo’s big day will be Saturday, June 22 when 12 work projects are scheduled. Among them are landscaping at the Courtney McGinnis Shelter, property clearing for the city at several locations, clean-ups in the North Jefferson Street and Tara Village neighborhoods, and work projects at Carver Elementary, Greenwood Elementary, and Williams Middle School. There will also be a work project at Savannah Grove Park.
Volunteers are sought to assist with all of these projects. To sign up or learn more about the initiative, visit www.serveflo.org.