GRANITE CITY — Area churches are planning to clean up the city and give back to the area in June as part of an outreach project.
Eight churches — Calling Ministries, Calvary Life, First Assembly of God, Harvest Community Church/Harvest Assembly, The Resurrection Church, The TIDE, Second Baptist Church and Bethesda Baptist Church — are expected to help with this project, with the possible addition of more organizations as the date approaches. Freedom Community Church and the Church of Christ weren’t able to volunteer but are lending support for the effort.
Crossover: Clean Up Granite City is scheduled for Saturday, June 11. In preparation, smaller projects will take place in coming weeks, such as cleaning up the area around off-ramps and washing windows at the YMCA.
The day of the event, more than 500 people are expected to volunteer their time and efforts during an eight-hour period. The volunteers will provide lawn care for people who are unable to do the lawn care themselves, clean up alleys and streets throughout the city, and do other good deeds to improve the area and help residents.
These efforts will be accompanied by others throughout the St. Louis area in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis in June.
Granite City churches have planned this event to let the community know they care about the area.
“We want people to see that we care about our town,” committee representative John Oswald said.
Oswald said he hopes the effort will have a snowball effect, enhancing the appearance of the area, which should in turn increase commerce, pride and the number of returning visitors.
During the day, there also will be a block party at the First Assembly of God, 2317 Madison Ave. just off Veterans Parkway. Festivities such as face-painting, a puppet show, a bounce house, balloons and food will be provided at no cost to those in attendance.
Interested volunteers who don’t belong to a church still are welcome to help out by contacting John Oswald at (618) 979-2909 or firstname.lastname@example.org.