Lovin’ on Freeport: Church Volunteers to Help with Yard Clean-up
Four Freeport churches will be coming together to help residents complete their fall yard clean-up. Embury United Methodist Church, Faith United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church, and Trinity United Methodist Church are partnering with HomeStart to help senior citizens or disabled residents get their yards cleared of leaves and debris. The groups are looking for applications to be turned in by Friday, September 22. The scheduled clean-up day will be Saturday, October 14, with a rain date of Saturday, October 21.
To apply, residents can contact HomeStart at 815-232-6197 and ask for Melissa. The application can also be downloaded by clicking here. They will need to be turned into HomeStart by September 22.
There is a high degree of need in Freeport for improving neighborhoods and instilling as sense of hope and renewal for its residents. For many years, Freeport’s older neighborhoods have suffered from a lack of positive investment and a concentration of poverty. In spite of that, there are still many residents who have tried to make their neighborhood better and who have made positive contributions by keeping up their properties and being engaged in the life of the community.
Freeport has had a long tradition for volunteering and organizing itself around community improvement initiatives. The purpose of the proposed Rake-Up Freeport initiative is to assist low-income elderly and disabled residents with fall raking and yard clean-up. The four churches will organize volunteer teams of 4 – 8 people and assist eligible homeowners with some simple, yet impactful acts of kindness. The other benefits of this initiative will be to begin building new relationships among the project volunteers with the neighbors who live in our community.
For more information on the project, please contact Sarah Brinkmann at 815-962-2011 or Pastor John Lee at Faith UMC, 815-232-2533.