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Volunteers to help spruce up Sewickley center during national Join Hands Day

| Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

Volunteers will work together this weekend to make a difference in the community.

The volunteer effort on Saturday at the Sewickley Community Center is part of Join Hands Day, a national campaign that unites youths and adults through service to their communities.

“It's designed to bring adults and children together on projects that connect them — not only to the project, but relationally, as well,” said Michael Bozic, project coordinator for the local initiative, sponsored by the Modern Woodmen of America— a fraternal society founded in 1883 that offers financial products and fraternal member benefits.

Through Join Hands Day, Bozic said, generations work side by side and learn more about each other through fellowship, which helps to spark a new level of understanding and respect.

Jim Jackson, board president of the community center, said Bozic decided to partner with the center several years ago because he wanted to see what he could do to help out.

“Obviously, the center operates off of volunteers and donations,” Jackson said.

Bozic said he has coordinated volunteers, and the Modern Woodsmen are donating funds to buy supplies for a cleanup and small repairs at the center

Jackson said volunteers will do general cleanup around the building and grounds, such as raking leaves, mulching, weeding, window washing and painting. Volunteers will spruce up old furniture and set up the area around the swimming pool, which opens June 14.

“We really rely on the volunteers,” Jackson said. “We really are grateful when anybody asks, ‘anything I can do to help you?' We're eager to give them an opportunity.”

Several high school students who need community service hours will pitch in, along with a team of volunteers from Northway Christian Church in Sewickley. Jackson said three weekends have been set up to continue the work.

Larissa Dudkiewicz is a freelance writer for The Sewickley Herald.

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