2nd Annual Hands4Detroit on October 5

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Day of service expands reach to both Detroit and Pontiac.

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We're expanding the reach of Hands4Detroit this year to serve both Detroit and Pontiac. We invite you to join us at one of the 40 volunteer sites as we nurture new and old relationships with our neighbors.

Volunteers across the metro-Detroit and Pontiac area are needed for the second annual Hands4Detroit day of service on Saturday, October 5.

“Last year, more than 1,000 volunteers impacted 18,000 lives throughout Detroit,” said the Rev. Melanie Carey, event coordinator. “We’re expanding the reach of Hands4Detroit this year to serve both Detroit and Pontiac. We invite you to join us at one of the 40 volunteer sites as we nurture new and old relationships with our neighbors.”

The goal for Hands4Detroit 2013 is to collect, sort and pack 50,000 pounds of food that will be distributed throughout the region. We are partnering with Gleaners Food Bank. Volunteers are also needed to rake, clean, garden and more. There are opportunities for all ages.

To see a complete list of projects and to sign up to volunteer, go to http://www.Hands4Detroit.org. Sign-up takes only three clicks. On-site registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on October 5. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. At 3 p.m., the day will wrap up with celebrations in both Detroit and Pontiac.

The 77 United Methodist Churches around the Detroit Metropolitan Area have organized Hands4Detroit.

Before the event, Hands4Detroit will collect food items to help local stock local food pantries. To see a complete list of needed items, click here.

Donation drop-off sites have been set up at the following churches:

  •     Central United Methodist Church – 3882 Highland Rd. in Waterford
  •     Detroit Metropolitan United Methodist Church – 8000 Woodward in Detroit
  •     First United Methodist Church of Birmingham – 1589 W. Maple Rd. in Birmingham
  •     New Baltimore Grace United Methodist Church – 49665 Jefferson in New Baltimore
  •     Waterford Central United Methodist Church – 3882 Highland Rd. in Waterford
  •     St. Matthews United Methodist Church – 31000 Six Mile Rd. in Livonia

Sponsors of Hands4Detroit include Gleaners Food Bank and United Methodist Communications.

The event urges participants to Rethink Church and utilizes outreach to make a difference in the world beyond church doors.

About Rethink Church
Rethink Church, the next evolution of The United Methodist Church’s “Open hearts” welcoming and advertising campaign, highlights the many opportunities available within United Methodist churches to engage with the world—from literacy programs to feeding the poor. At http://www.RethinkChurch.org, visitors may interact, learn more about the church, and search for involvement opportunities.

Contact:
Rev. Melanie Carey
drds(at)detroitconference(dot)org
(313) 638-2390 x232 (office)
(734) 646-4889 (cell)

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