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11/06/2012 00 Misc Distributed at the Meeting Distributed at the Meeting North America Northwest Day of Service Yakima, Selah and Ellensburg Summary 9/15/2012 Summary: Volunteers from Washington, Alaska, Oregon, North Idaho and British Columbia participated in the North America Northwest Day of Service. The motto of this event is "Helping Hands — Linking Arms." The purpose is to provide service to our communities and the poor and needy by building bridges with various community, civic and religious organizations and donating a day of service. The various projects performed in locations throughout the Northwest can be found at http : / /www.dayofservicenanwa.org /. This project is an annual event - organized as close as possible to the anniversary of September 1 1 `h to remind each of us for the need to provide service to one another and build better communities. City of Yakima Projects: Partnered primarily with City of Yakima Parks & Recreation. a. Volunteers cleared weeds and debris in the vicinity of Yakima Visitor's Information Center. This area is frequented by out of town visitors and visible from I -82. b. Volunteers beautified the grounds at Kiwanis Park. The skate park was painted and graffiti removed. The lower level of a building was painted. An area adjacent to off -road entry was planted with landscape foliage. A small pond /lake was cleared of debris. c. The McGuiness Park playground equipment was painted. d. Police Athletic League building. Volunteers cleaned inside the building and cleaned up the outside grounds. e. Yakima Street Clean up. Volunteers picked up trash and debris and various locations within the City of Yakima. Other Yakima Projects: a. Partnered with the Yakima Salvation Army. This project involved, organizing donations, and preparing merchandise for sales. A large sorting space was built prior to the actual work project. Onsite carpentry, painting and electrical work were also provided. Volunteers worked for several days prior to and on the actual day of service. Volunteers also cleaned and beautified the exterior and provided landscaping at the Salvation Army Church. b. Partnered with Catholic Chore Services. This project involved 240 volunteers who performed painting, home improvement projects and yard maintenance at 36 residences of elderly and disabled persons. c. Yakima Fair Grounds Project Other Day of Service Community Projects: Moxee: Volunteers restored a portion of a elderly woman's property by cleaning, pulling weeds, and general yard clean -up. Cleaned up the yards in three unoccupied homes in Moxee. Naches: Partnered with the City of Tieton. Volunteers distributed gravel along a trail on acreage owned by the City of Tieton. Goal was to improve a non - motorized bicycle path & pedestrian trail intended for family recreation. Selah: Partnered with the City of Selah and Catholic Volunteer Chore Services. a. Volunteers provided race day assistance for the annual Selah 5 -K run by manning drinking stations and providing course directions to participants. b. Volunteers also painted the home of an elderly Selah resident assigned through Catholic Volunteer Chore Services. c. Volunteers removed weeds from a Selah Park and finished grout work on the entrance signs. d. Volunteers cleaned up property of several elderly and disabled Selah residents. Terrace Heights: Partnered with the Yakima Sportsman Stake Park. Volunteers removed brush from park and swept surfaces. Ellensburg: Partnered with IOOF. Volunteers cleaned headstones and performed various landscaping and repairs projects. Volunteers also cleaned and beautified several residences of the elderly and disabled. These projects included home repairs and painting. A second major project was a partnership with Spirit TRC where volunteers built and stained a horse shelter and fencing. Cle Elum: Partnered with Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers installed floors and built a porch and railing for a needy resident. Also electrical wiring was installed. Sunnyside Toppenish and Wapato: Partnered with Catholic Volunteer Chore Services. Volunteers performed vital home repairs and home improvement projects for elderly and disabled persons. A more detailed summary of the projects and worked performed can be found at http://www.dayofservicenanwa.org/. Total Numbers of Volunteers and Hours Volunteers Hours Moxee 90 350 Selah 1st 87 241 Selah 2nd 76 391 Naches 35 140 Yakima 2nd 50 187 Yakima 3rd 81 361 Yakima 1 st ' 4 th , 5th and 6 240 920 Yakima Valley Spanish 2 41 147 Terrace Heights 85 250 Ellensburg 143 478 Cle Elum 13 70 Sunnyside 23 90 Toppenish 27 110 TOTALS 894 3429 *The hours reported do not include planning and organization hours. Possible suggestions for future a. Partnering with other volunteer organizations and inviting other churches and or civic organizations to participate. b. Communicating to assignments to our units earlier so we can plan more effectively Other Major Annual Latter Day Saint Service Projects unrelated to Day of Service a. Annual Leaf Rake Project with Catholic Volunteer Chore Services. This is conducted every November with approximately 50 -60 volunteers. b. Literacy Project. Volunteers for the past 8 years have assisted youth with reading disabilities. Each year over 2,500 hours are contributed by our reading facilitators. c. Feeding the Homeless every Wednesday night during the winter months. This is organized through the Yakima Council of Churches. d. Annual Food Valentine Food Drive through Catholic Volunteer Chore Services.