Here's your chance to make a difference

COURTESY PHOTOEmily Strong does fall clean-up at the Giving Garden. 

Are you interested in doing something to help the community look better and its members have better lives?

People looking to make a difference will have a chance Saturday, Nov. 2, as a local church hosts its annual Day of Service with 18 options for helping in town.  

South Church, 41 Central St., is celebrating its 20th annual Day of Service this year. The event began in 1999 with a group of about 10 organizers and has blossomed to include more than 100 volunteers. 

In the past, there have been as many as 23 projects and more than 200 people.   

Volunteers take on a number of projects, like making cards and cookies for senior citizens and raking leaves around town.

This year, volunteers can sign up to help build at the new Habitat for Humanity houses in Andover, help prepare the Giving Garden for winter, sing for senior citizens, arrange clothing at the Lazarus House thrift store, do grounds-keeping at Ironstone Farm, and work on a Conservation Commission property, among other projects.

In addition, the church's annual bicycle collection will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Used bikes will be donated to an international group that helps people in poor countries.

"We have collected bikes for many years, benefiting Bikes Not Bombs, an organization that ships bikes abroad as necessary transportation, particularly in Africa and Central America,'' said Lynn Welbourn of South Church. "They teach youth and others to repair and assemble bikes, and also support a bike repair program in Jamaica Plain.'' 

You can sign up to participate in the Day of Service at at southchurch.com/communityDOS.

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