Columbia service effort increases three-fold in second year
COLUMBIA — Nearly 1,600 local citizens helped landscape, paint, repair and clean homes and organizations around Columbia Saturday.
The group that organized the event, ForColumbia, is made up of people from participating churches all around the town.
ForColumbia began doing the event in 2015, and started with 11 churches. This year they had 34 churches take part in the service effort, as well as a partnership with the Heart of America Red Cross chapter.
Executive project coordinator of ForColumbia, Shelly Mayer, said she is thrilled the event has grown so much in only a year.
Mayer said the event is a wonderful way for churches in Columbia to come together and do something that really has an impact on the city.
"A bunch of churches, different denominations, different races, different worship styles, you know all of that is different," Mayer said. "But we all have something in common and that is that we all want to share that and serve and love our city."
Volunteers at the event serviced both residential homes and businesses. They also did a lot of work with nonprofit organizations and charities.
Columbia resident Barbara Shaffer has done the event the past two years. Shaffer said doing the event just makes sense to her.
"It seems like the natural extension of churches, of Christians, should be just community. Working in the community, being part of the community, helping the community, and this is part of that," Shaffer said.