Edmonds Lutheran Church selected in annual Day of Caring
On the campus of Edmonds Lutheran Church, there is a community garden each spring and summer, complete with all kinds of healthy vegetables. Tomatoes, corn, carrots, a variety of lettuces, squash, etc...
This lovely garden is cared for by volunteer groundskeepers, several of whom have earned the prestigious title of Master Gardener.
The team tills the soil, plants, tends the garden until everything ripens, and then it is harvested to be used in Annie's Community Kitchen, another service at Edmonds Lutheran Church that provides a free community dinner at 5 p.m. every Wednesday.
The kitchen serves about 50,000 free meals each year. Neighbors who have plots in the garden harvest for their own use.
It is certainly a labor of love and one more way that ELC is working to foster a sense of community in the neighborhood.
This year, Edmonds Lutheran Church was selected to be an agency recipient of Snohomish County United Way's 20th Annual Days of Caring.
On Friday, Sept. 13, a team of about 10 volunteers from Premera tore up sod, lay wood chips and made it more accessible for people with mobility issues.
"We are thrilled and honored to be partnering with the United Way in this effort. We are so grateful to The United Way as well as the volunteers at Premera for this wonderful gift," said Suzy Baroud, Communications Coordinator at Edmonds Lutheran.
This project, and many more, are part of the largest volunteer event in Snohomish County. Details can be found on United Way's website www.uwsc.org/docvolunteers.php.
Countywide, United Way expected 859 volunteers from 73 different teams participating in 41 projects that will benefit 30 different agencies and cities.
That’s a total of 3,746 hours, which at the standard economic value for volunteer time ($22.69/hour) would come up to $85,000.
There was also a big push on social media this year. Everyone used the hashtag #UWSCDoC and almost all of the tweets, Instagram pictures and many of the Facebook posts can be seen at http://www.tagboard.com/uwscdoc
This year, 23 cities in Snohomish County were expected to participate, either by hosting projects or by sending volunteers.
For more information, visit www.uwsc.org/daysofcaring.php or call 425-374-5549
The hashtag for this year's event is #UWSCDoC.