UMFS Sees Record Number of Vounteers

More than 100 volunteers — THE highest numbers in years — lent a hand in Richmond and at Leland House to make the UMFS campuses warm and welcoming.

Volunteers spread new mulch on more than 50 trees and plant beds; filled newly constructed raised gardens with soil; painted the gymnasium, locker rooms and cottages; stained wooden benches and gazebo areas on the KaBOOM! Playground; stained and painted chairs in Richmond Regional Center; and more.

For some groups, Clean Up For Kids Day was part of a current ongoing volunteer relationship with UMFS, but for others, it was the first time they came to volunteer.

Clean Up For Kids Day began in 2008 as a way to bring visibility and awareness to the UMFS mission and to engage the community in making a difference for youth. In the past, the event has brought dozens of volunteers from different faith-based groups, civic groups, and corporate groups to the Richmond campus where they work together to complete various service projects.

This year, Clean Up For Kids Day expanded beyond Richmond for the first time, with volunteers from CarMax rolling up their sleeves to work at Leland House in Centreville.

Thanks go to CarMax, Salem Web Network, Trinity UMC, Convergint, Sycamore UMC, Prince George UMC, MACHO, the West Richmond Rotary Club, and individuals for volunteering time and energy to UMFS.