Creative minds and enthusiastic spirits gathered at the Sparta United Methodist Church on Sunday, September 13th, for the first act of service dedicated to the Pass It Along Service Corps. This newly formed group is a collection of high school students representing six local high schools.
After a brief introduction to what the day would bring from members of the Pass It Along staff, Diane Taylor, Kelly Bonventre, Mara Veidis and Donna Butzke, the Service Corps members began to experience the joys of being part of a close-knit team. Acquaintances turned into friendships through a morning filled with games and sharing circles that involved stories of past serving experiences and the benefits of community service.
Following a shared lunch, the Service Corps broke into small discussion groups to converse about what each individual desires to see happen in their year of service. After the small groups, all of the members united to speak about their goals and purposes for the year.
The group decided what they wanted to stand for and represent within the community. They agreed to represent not only society, but the environment too. The 2009-2010 Service Corps will dedicate its time to bettering the world by offering a hand to those in need through various charity drives, reach out to underprivileged children by providing them with memorable experiences and friendship, and work together towards an all-around positive change. The community leaders also spoke about their plans for conserving energy and giving aid to homeless animals.
After defining their mission, the group was sent off on their first act of service; the task of cleaning the Sparta United Methodist Church, original home of Pass It Along. Members were split into teams that carried out responsibilities such as power washing, cleaning windows, and washing floors. Together, after a tiring two hours, the church was sparkling clean.
The exhausted team gathered once more inside to reflect on their day. They decided that hard work is never quite as difficult when you're having fun with friends and doing something for the betterment of the community. Also, there is no such thing as a "small" act of service. All it takes is a few creative minds and dedicated spirits to make a difference for the better. As the Pass It Along Service Corps entered a group hug to end their first day of service, everyone knew that this was only the beginning of a successful and enjoyable year filled with infinite opportunities to "be the change."