It’s a Carnival

By Bashia Price

AmeriCorps VISTA with SON Ministries

Hilliard Free Lunch Summer Camp


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Last night was another first for me as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries. I was able to experience their end of the summer Family Night for two of the sites combined.

This year’s event was a carnival and it was fantastic!

The church was covered in streamers and balloons; there was fresh, buttery, popcorn, face painting, and tons of carnival games!   Many teen and adult volunteers helped.   It was definitely the place to be!

Besides all of the wonderful activities going on, I would have to say the best part of the night was the strong sense of community.

The summer staff and volunteers at SON Ministries did any amazing job putting the entire event together. But more than that, they have spent the entire summer cultivating and developing relationships with the people they serve. And it showed:  126 people came out to enjoy the carnival. It was so awesome to see so many different cultures interacting with one another. One family with young children even walked a long, long way to be able to attend.  

The volunteers and staff at SON Ministries have truly created something special here in Hilliard.

Here at SON Ministries, we build up community, one respectful, empowering relationship at a time. 

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