Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Summerville Mayor Bill Collins proclaimed May 4 as Summerville Cares Day of Service in a ceremony in Town Hall on April 18. The Town-wide service program is intended to improve the community by conducting a variety of projects for organizations and facilities that struggle to help those in need in Summerville. In the inaugural Day of Service in 2012, 335 volunteers completed 28 projects throughout the town.
Joining Mayor Collins in the proclamation signing ceremony were other founding members of Summerville Cares Day of Service: Rita Berry, CEO of Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce; E. Les Cooper, President of the 11 Lowcountry Congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Larry Weatherford of The Weatherford Financial Group, and Pat Raynor, representing Joe Pye, Superintendent of Dorchester School District ll. These founding partners spearheaded the event last year that attracted volunteers from 15 organizations and 21 sponsors who donated food, supplies, equipment and money for the projects.
A variety of projects are scheduled for completion on the day, including power-washing and painting park facilities, refurbishing Eagle Harbor Boys Ranch, Palmetto House, The Coastal Center, Summerville Branch of Dorchester County Library and other facilities, and conducting food and blood drives. Additional projects will be added until May 3.
“One of my goals in starting Day of Service last year was to tap into the spirit of volunteerism of our residents, many of whom see people and non-profit organizations struggling in this difficult economic climate. The effort by volunteers—many from neighboring communities-- was gratifying, and no doubt helped our community and lifted the spirits of all who participated. We are again linking arms with businesses, schools, churches and citizens in a coordinated effort of volunteerism. I am impressed by the number of volunteers signed up already—over 200--and by the response of sponsors in the community to support the volunteers as they tackle projects throughout Summerville,” said Mayor Collins. “I urge all who can to join us in this community effort,” he added. Volunteers can sign up on the program’s website scdayofservice.org. They can also sign up at the kickoff breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in Azalea Park.
According to Charleston Stake LDS Church President Cooper, "The philosophy is to help one individual, one family, one community facility at a time, through selfless service. Day of Service helps us reach many people and organizations in need. We are blessed to have churches, civic organizations, Summerville government, local businesses and individuals link arms in this service. As happened last year, the projects will help many people and organizations, beautify Summerville, build friendships, and bolster the spirits of all."
Larry Weatherford, a local businessman said, “I was eager to participate in the Summerville Cares Day of Service right from the start because in so many ways it exemplifies the strong spirit and sense of community that made me want to locate my business here nine years ago. In a conversation with Mayor Collins he shared a vision with me of what he felt the good people of Summerville can accomplish when invited to do so and the results of Day of Service 2012 proved him right. I have also been very impressed with how other important stakeholders in the community such as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Dorchester District II School District, The Chamber of Commerce, Palmetto Land Baptist Church and many businesses and non-profit organizations have come together to support this great cause.”
He added “I also remember when Mayor Collins said at the kickoff last year how wonderful it was to see so many diverse groups get together to serve those in need and beautify Summerville.
“When people come together for a good cause there is nothing they cannot do.”