Volunteers, partnerships help make lofty Backyard Mission possible

Nevaeh Scott helps clean a yard on Norcrest Street during last year’s Backyard Mission Trip. Churches and other organizations are gathering volunteers to do service projects at about 200 homes throughout the community. (Kevin Bean photo)

Nevaeh Scott helps clean a yard on Norcrest Street during last year’s Backyard Mission Trip. Churches and other organizations are gathering volunteers to do service projects at about 200 homes throughout the community. (Kevin Bean photo)

By JEANNIE WILEY WOLF
STAFF WRITER

Volunteers are being sought for the Findlay Ministerial Association’s seventh annual Backyard Mission Trip 2017, to be held Saturday, April 22.

Churches and organizations in the Findlay area are gathering volunteers to do projects at homes in the community.

Volunteers are needed to serve the nearly 200 homeowners who have submitted applications for help. Projects will include yard work, planting, painting, home maintenance and spring cleaning.

Genna Freed, volunteer coordinator, said 300 people have registered as volunteers this year.

“We usually have 1,000 by this time,” she said.

Individual volunteers or teams can visit www.findlayma.org to register. Anyone who does not have computer access can call Freed at 419-306-6674 to register. Participants will be asked to sign a volunteer waiver. People do not need a church affiliation to participate.

Volunteers will then be contacted by a team leader with information about the job and location.

The event will begin at the Cube at 7 a.m. with registration, breakfast, worship and announcements.

Freed said United Way of Hancock County is partnering with the Backyard Mission Trip project this year. Projects not completed April 22 will be turned over to Days of Caring teams to complete. This is the first year Days of Caring volunteers are assisting with the projects in homes through Backyard Mission Trip.

“We think it will be a good partnership,” said Freed.

Also, unlike past years, there will not be a general meeting and dinner afterward. Team leaders will receive pizza coupons in their packets to share an evening meal with their team and/or the homeowner they helped, said Freed.

Initiated by the Findlay Ministerial Association in 2011 as an alternative to “going afar on a mission trip,” Backyard Mission Trip began with one church, 125 volunteers and nine projects.

More than 1,000 volunteers from 27 church congregations and 13 other organizations completed 252 projects last year.

For more information on the Backyard Mission Trip, including videos and volunteer signup forms, visit findlayma.org.



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