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October 20, 2016

425 community volunteers complete 51 projects in day

Click above to watch video of the Oct. 15 community service work.
Operation Inasmuch United exceeded its goals last Saturday, with 425 volunteers working on 51 community service projects in Fauquier.

Bethel United Methodist Church this year joined First Baptist of Warrenton, Warrenton Baptist and Fauquier Habitat for Humanity in the day of service.

In 2015, the first year of Operation Inasmuch in Fauquier, more than 300 volunteers completed 42 projects.

When the churches invited ideas for projects, 6-year old Finn Robbins, suggested he could run a lemonade stand to raise funds for People Helping People – an organization that provides financial emergency assistance to families and individuals in Fauquier County.

It turned out to be a successful venture. Finn, along with family members and friends, returned to Main Street on Oct. 15 and raised $230 for the charity.

First Baptist Church member John Thompson, retired Fauquier coach and teacher, led a team to help trim bushes and clean the yard of an elderly woman.

Debbie Mrozek, of Bethel United Methodist, was thrilled that approximately 80 people showed up for a pizza party she and other team members hosted for the area surrounding Eva Walker Park.

Sandy Williams arrived at Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center ready with lotion and oils to give hand massages. Her other team members lifted the spirits of residents by painting their fingernails in a bright array of colors.

Some of the teams supported ongoing projects of other community organizations, such as cleaning up debris from a Fauquier Community Coalition house renovation, lending extra hands to a Fauquier Habitat for Humanity project and helping the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Co. deliver smoke alarms to neighborhoods.

Other projects included collecting food for local ministries, splitting wood for families needing help with winter heating and hosting a barbecue luncheon to honor veterans.

Operation Inasmuch is a national nonprofit that helps motivate, train and equip churches to move more congregants out of the sanctuary seats and into the streets to serve the neediest in their communities. For more information, visit www.operationinasmuch.org.

For more information about Fauquier County’s ongoing Inasmuch service, contact Rev. Doug Harris at 540-347-3509 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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