Along similar lines to ‘Random Acts of Kindness, ‘Pay It Forward’ and the ‘Kindness Pandemic’, volunteers at Park Ridge Connect’s Community Service Sundays are building momentum locally.
On the first Sunday morning of each month this year, volunteers have been gathering at Kingdom Life Centre in Park Ridge to be assigned to teams that are sent out to do good to residents around Logan West.
- mowing, trimming and rubbish removal for a single mum
- gardening for an elderly couple
- cooking meals for the weekly Logan West Community Dinner
- sewing blankets for parents of stillborns at the Logan Hospital
- picking up sticks and rubbish at parks and schools
- delivering Welcome Packs to new residents
- other opportunities include washing windows, cleaning cars, planting trees and cleaning park equipment.
For 2 hours, teams smash out jobs around the community. From mowing lawns for retirees and removing rubbish for single mums to cooking meals for crisis care and sewing blankets for Logan Hospital’s maternity ward, there are projects for all ages and abilities.
Jake Sampson brought his toddler to help a team picking up pine cones at Park Ridge State School last month.
“Tommy loves helping doing jobs around the house, he has his own toy mower and whipper snipper, so when I heard about these projects, I thought this was something we could do together. Tommy loves hands-on activities, we had so much fun together and the team were great with him.”
Project coordinator Paul Jackson is looking for more projects for teams to do over the coming months.
“We’re always looking for more projects to do. Some projects are easy enough for one or two people to complete so we just put the word out and get them done, but we leave bigger projects for the first Sunday of the month when we can send out teams.”
“Teams come back at 11am for morning tea and they are always abuzz with stories about how thankful they were to be able to help out and brighten someone’s day”, Mr Jackson said.