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Volunteers still needed for Day of Service jobs

April 16th, 2014 8:40 pm by Nick Shepherd

Volunteers still needed for Day of Service jobs

KINGSPORT — Volunteers from all walks of life will gather at areas around Kingsport to conduct service projects for the sixth annual Day of Service.

The event is sponsored by corporate and community-based organizations which include Friends of Warriors Path State Park and Keeping Kingsport Beautiful. It is sponsored in partnership with the Great American Clean-up and will be held on Saturday, April 26.

Service projects will be taking place at Warriors Path, Darrell's Dream Boundless playground and the Greenbelt.

"It will be pretty extensive but very well organized," said Jim Nisbet, Kingsport state public affairs director for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "Once a year we get in there and clean it up real good. We do a lot of sweating."

The stated mission of the Day of Service is for churches, civic organizations, businesses and government agencies to link arms to strengthen local communities with meaningful service projects that will help those in need, beautify communities, build friendships and bolster the spirits of all.

Kickoff events will begin at 8:30 a.m., with one taking place at Darrell's Dream and the other in the parking lot next to PetSmart at the Greenbelt access. Local politicians will be speaking to get the event started.

Work will start after the kickoff events. Work on the Greenbelt is expected to be completed by noon and lunch will be served to the volunteers at Warriors Path, with work there expected to end around 2 p.m.

Nisbet said more than 200 volunteers are expected to participate in the Day of Service. Anyone who would like to volunteer , sponsor the cleanup or find out more information can visit the Day of Service's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kingsportdayofservice, or email Nisbet at jrnisbetldspa@gmail.com.

"We're looking for more volunteers," Nisbet said. "Last year, we had about 200. The more we have, the better."

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