Volunteers from the Montgomery area turned out in impressive numbers on Saturday, October 18, Making A Difference Day, in an annual effort to promote volunteer service for others. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church coordinated the event this year for Connect Montgomery, the civic collaborative that includes representatives of the City of Montgomery, service organizations, churches and neighborhood groups. Montgomery Mayor Todd Steinbrink issued a proclamation on October 1, in support of Making A Difference Day.
Among the many services performed, volunteers served meals at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen and Peaslee Neighborhood Center, collected clothing or elementary school books for needy families, collected food for food pantries, participated in fund raisers to benefit victims of domestic violence and delivered household items to those victim who had to relocate, assembled Power Packs (weekend meals for young children), and worked at Sycamore Junior High School’s annual Flight Fest fund raising event. Michael Chertock, music director of the Blue Ash-Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, along with fellow musicians visited the Montgomery Care Center, where they played classical music for elderly residents.
Connect Montgomery and the City of Montgomery wish to extend sincere appreciation to the following groups that participated in this year’s Connect Montgomery’s Making a Difference Day:
Montgomery Woman’s Club, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church partnering with Montgomery residents, Montgomery Assembly of God Church, Blue Ash/Montgomery Rotary Club, Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Twin Lakes residents partnering with American Heritage Girls, Ascension Lutheran Church, Montgomery Presbyterian Church, Montgomery Food Share, Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, American Savings Bank and Montgomery Kindervelt.
Also, a big thanks goes out to those organizations that welcomed these groups into their facilities: Matthew 25: Ministries, FreeStore FoodBank, Crayons to Computers, Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, Peaslee Neightborhood Center, Tender Mercies- A Place to Call Home, Montgomery Care Center, Montgomery Kroger’s, and Sycamore Community Schools.
A total of 245 individuals took part, representing 14 organizations. Volunteers donated more than 735 service hours to 12 different projects.