Friendships formed during 12 years of applying skills and compassion making Great Days of Service a true community project. Each spring on two weekends in April volunteers, numbering approximately 400 this year, come with hammers and paint brushes, spaghetti and sandwiches to work in teams either at sites or at headquarters ready to deliver meals.
GDS is unique from many service projects containing a faith-based component, in that multiple denominations and faiths participate. Various churches come together, without competition, as an example of God’s love in shared service. Alongside them, volunteers from community groups, businesses, and individuals perform repairs for qualified homeowners. Many referrals come from City Code Enforcement staff, helping bring properties into compliance when owners cannot afford to make repairs.
Local restaurants and businesses contribute lunches which are delivered to work sites by caring volunteers. There is a bonding together of work teams. The four work days close with a celebration honoring the homeowners who are served and volunteers who provide the service.
Host church this year is Irving Church of Christ, located at 210 East 6th Street, with Bruce Bailey as co-chair. Ronnie Walker has been co-chair for South Mac Church of Christ, which will be Great Days of Service 2014 Host Church under its new name, Christ Church and new location on Airport Freeway.
Contact Great Days of Service at P.O. Box 154044, Irving, TX 75015. You can learn more at our website www.gdsirving.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org . New participants are always welcome and are encouraged to express interest as early as possible.
Source: Jan Killen, GDS leadership team