SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers for Serve Day on July 13.

Leadership Sylacauga, a program at the chamber of commerce designed to develop leadership and awareness in the community, created a project called Sylacauga Serves. It is an on-going project at the chamber of commerce with a goal of raising awareness for 200 service acts completed in the community in honor of Alabama’s bicentennial year.

On Serve Day, the chamber is encouraging people to serve in the local community in conjunction with Sylacauga Serves. If a service is being completed, the chamber wants to record the data in order to raise awareness for 200 service acts.

“We hope this will encourage others to have their own individual days of service or projects of service and to let us know,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Laura Strickland.

Strickland said she hopes people will look beyond Serve Day and create future opportunities to make a difference in the community.

“That’s what makes a small community successful,” Strickland said. “Serving others.”

200 volunteers are expected to turn out for the event. The assembly point will be at J. Craig Smith Community Center from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Individuals that haven’t yet signed up are able to sign up at the community center the day of the event.

Cooking, beautification and debris collection teams will each complete projects in the area. The cooking team will prepare approximately 500 meals to be distributed starting in the Mill Village.

The beautification team’s goal will be to focus on areas that need attention and to clean up local neighborhoods. Lastly, the debris collection team will work alongside roadways to pick up surrounding debris.

Additionally, individual projects are welcome, but the chamber asks people to come to the community center to let them know in order for the data to be recorded.

Robert Holmes, a class mentor for Leadership Sylacauga, said this is an opportunity for people to be involved in serving the community that may not know how. For more information on Sylacauga Serves, visit the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce’s website.

 

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