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Love Week Community Outreach Program

By on August 17, 2018
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Perhaps you saw a sea of bright green t-shirts and people busily serving in various Greece and surrounding community locations during the first week of August. If you did, that was the Lakeshore Community Church’s Second Annual Love Week Outreach.

In 2017 Lakeshore Community Church began asking the question, “If Lakeshore closed its doors, would anyone in the community notice?” This question motivated a small group of people from the church to begin something called Love Week where volunteers show love in outreach efforts to the Greece community. It was so well received they sent Lakeshore love bugs back out into the community again this year with 269 volunteers who put in over 1000 hours of community outreach loving in 21 different local projects, all in just one week.

Volunteers from Lakeshore showered area first responders with love and gratitude by providing meals to the Greece Police Department, Greece Volunteer Ambulance and Lakeshore Fire Department. They brought smiles to seniors at Crimson Ridge Assisted Living, Park Ridge Nursing, Brookdale and Park Ridge Adult Day Services when the volunteers provided social and craft time with the residents. Lakeshore had volunteer teams love on area parks with sweat labor as they cleaned, weeded and beautified many Greece Parks such as Braddock Bay Park, Cranberry Trail, Grandview Park and the Greece Little League Park.  They also helped support local facility outreach centers such as Mission Share, Rochester Family Mission, Victoria’s House, Journey Home, Greece Ecumenical Clothing and Beatrice Place.

Love Week also hit the city streets when volunteers collected food for Flower City Pickers from the Public Market. Over 20 Lakeshore volunteers assisted Father’s Heart ministry serving a hot meal, and giving groceries and clothing to those in need in the inner city.

The week was full of work and fun while loving on the community but it also helps “build the soul” according to Lakeshore’s Senior Pastor Vince DiPaola.

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Photo by Julia Mungenast