Community gives back on Impact Day

Several churches in Calloway County are collaborating with local organizations for Community Impact Day on Sunday.

Community Impact Day was an idea implemented by Tricia Foster, a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church. The purpose of the event is to bring the community out to aid organizations with multiple projects, such as constructing bookcases, cleaning planters downtown and planting seeds, among other things.

About 10 volunteers from at least six churches have been planning and organizing this event for several months. They called various organizations in the area in search of places that need some extra help. The volunteers had problems finding places that were in need, but that just shows the generosity of the community already, said Kristin Taylor, event organizer, from Murray.

“This project is important because it brings together different churches in the community to help meet needs right here, where we live,” Taylor said.

This is the first year for the event and the volunteers hope it will make a positive impact throughout the community so it will be held annually.

“We want to help in the community by assisting the people who do the serving,” Foster said. “One of the goals is to expose people to the different organizations. We also want to show our kids about volunteering, and develop ongoing service projects for families to do.”

There will be nine events between organizations such as Angels Clinic, Life House, Playhouse in the Park and several others. There are also four projects that are specifically kid-friendly so that the whole family can be involved.

The event will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, starting at any of the event locations. Concluding the day will be a dinner for volunteers at 5:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Story by Kelsey Randolph, Staff writer.