Congregations in Service Celebrates 10 Years of Community Volunteerism

Savannah, GA – For 10 years, Congregations in Service has encouraged members of Savannah’s faith groups to set aside differences and work together to improve our community.

Two times each year, this interfaith group hosts a weekend of community service projects, bringing together members of local synagogues, churches and mosques to put faith into action. The next service weekend marks the organization’s 10th anniversary, and will be held Nov. 1st and 2nd. All are invited to participate.

Congregations in Service includes people from many faiths – Jewish, Christian, Unitarian-Universalists, Bahá’í, Islamic, and Roman Catholics – and also welcomes those who are not members of a religious institution. Projects will include everything from a gardening project for the Rape Crisis Center, to a beach cleanup on Tybee Island, to knitting projects for Ethiopian children.

Saturday, Nov. 1st, participants will meet at First Presbyterian Church at 8 am for breakfast before beginning the projects. The group will gather again for lunch at 12 pm at First Christian Church.

On Sunday, Nov. 2nd, participants will meet at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 12:30 for a pizza lunch before beginning the projects.

Anticipated projects include:

  • Decorating pillowcases for children
  • Making no-sew blankets for the homeless
  • Yardwork/painting for Union Mission
  • Making greeting cards for nursing homes
  • Assembling treat bags for the homeless (Sunday only)
  • Picking up litter on the beach at Tybee Island (Sunday only)
  • Outdoor carpentry projects for Hoofs for Healing (Saturday only)
  • Planting flowers for the Rape Crisis Center (Saturday only)
  • Mulching, painting and closet organizing for Interfaith Hospitality Network (Saturday only)
  • Delivering pet food for Meals-on-Wheels clients (Saturday only)
  • Filling 30 Thanksgiving bags for Hospice
  • Sorting donations/stocking shelves for Habitat ReStore (Saturday only)
  • Knitting/crocheting infant caps for babies in Ethiopia

Additionally, we’ll be collecting items requested by some of our partner agencies. The following donations can be dropped off at our gathering points on Saturday or Sunday:

  • Pet items for the patients of Hospice Savannah, who are allowed to bring their pets when they move into the facility. Specific needs are canned dog and cat food, and pet treats.
  • Gently used books for elementary school-aged children, which will be donated to children with few books at home.

This interfaith program is supported by a Men of Reform Judaism (MRJ) Congregational Interfaith Grant, made possible by funding from the Jewish Chautauqua Society, MRJ’s interfaith education project. Additional support provided by International Paper, Publix, Papa John’s Pizza, and Thrivent.

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