AmeriCorps VISTA with SON Ministries
July 7, 2014
It has been a very fun and packed first week as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries and to top it all off, I was asked to participate in the Hilliard 4th of July parade this past Friday. Mind you I have never walked in a parade before, and I am not really an in front of the crowd type of person. So this event definitely took me out of my comfort zone, but I am so happy that I said yes because it was one of the best parts of my weekend. When I arrived for setup, the air was thick with holiday excitement. There was a sea of red, white, and blue. I was instantly in a celebratory mood!
SON Ministries had an awesome float, which was a donation from a wonderful family that volunteers a lot of their time with our organization. The float was covered from head to toe in balloons, pom-poms, and themed Independence Day crafts from the campers. Among the group of people walking in the parade for SON were extremely dedicated summer camp staff, community volunteers, teen interns, and of course SON staff members.
I was thrilled to see so many people from the community coming together to make our participation in the parade a success. We were able to pass out candy and flyers, which gave information about the Hilliard Free Lunch Summer Camp for Kids, as well as different volunteer opportunities within SON Ministries. We danced, laughed, and back flipped (literally!) our way through the parade. All of this was done in the hope of reaching more families in the Hilliard area. Our desire is to serve more children and gain more support from the community.
At SON Ministries- we bring HOPE to children and families in need by connecting them to people, resources, and a hand up.