1Day Hoboken: A roaring and uplifting success
Volunteers make a difference in Hoboken
It was a rainy Saturday morning, but the Hoboken community showed up in force to serve the city on 1Day 2011, this past Saturday. Sponsored by Hoboken Grace Community Church, 1Day is a day where volunteers from all backgrounds come together to serve Hoboken organizations and, as the event’s motto has it, “Make our city better!”
Great turnout for 1Day Hoboken despite inclement weather
Close to 100 volunteers participated, serving various organizations across Hoboken. Chris High, pastor of Hoboken Grace and an organizer of the event, explained why: “1Day is an amazing way to love our city. The volunteers are giving their time and effort to be part of something bigger than themselves.” He added, “As a church, we’ve experienced the way God loves each of us, and we want to share that love with our community by helping make our city better.”
The volunteers were enthusiastic: “I love that there are so many organizations we’re serving,” said Bailey Walter. “It’s really for the whole community.” As Bailey and her friend Stacy Nolan sorted through donations for ‘In Jesus’ Name Charities,’ April Harris, the food pantry manager, noted: “There’s a sense of camaraderie as [the volunteers] see the difference they make.” “It connects people from all over Hoboken,” Stacy chimed in. “I moved here last month, and didn’t even know some of these organizations existed. It’s great to be able to serve and connect.”
Courtney Perlee, a regular attender at Hoboken Grace, voiced her agreement as she cleared driftwood at Sinatra Park. “It’s very rewarding. A great way to spend a rainy Saturday, helping out and meeting people in the community.” “Very helpful,” agreed George Cook, a Hoboken Parks Department employee helping dispose of the debris that the volunteers cleared from Sinatra Park and Maxwell Beach. “It’s a good thing they’re doing… really makes a difference. It’s a big help to us.”
A volunteer team leader from Hoboken Grace found that the need was even greater than they anticipated at The Jubilee Center’s after-school program, where they cleaned rooms, organized cabinets, and sorted books for the summer reading program. “A bunch of us want to come back next week and finish what we couldn’t get done today.” Alma Gost, the program intern, was effusive in her praise of the team: “We appreciate them so much. They’ve done a lot! We have volunteers that come for single projects or on a weekly basis, and we love them all.”
Rita Linterno, collecting food donations outside ShopRite, summed up the day’s experience: “It’s been so much fun to serve and connect. I wish they organized this every month!”
Hoboken Grace is a contemporary, nondenominational Christian church in Hoboken, NJ. One of the fastest-growing churches in the Northeast for families and young adults, Hoboken Grace offers two services on Sundays, 10am and 11:30am at 301 Garden Street in Hoboken. To learn more, visit www.hobokengrace.com
Community Gives Back at 1Day Hoboken
Hoboken Grace Community Church invites all of Hoboken to join together to serve our community during 1Day Hoboken – Making Hoboken Better!
This Saturday, June 11, at 10am, volunteers will come together at Church Square Park, then spread out throughout Hoboken to spend 2 hours working on projects for various organizations serving our city.
Volunteers will work in small groups, cleaning public spaces, organizing the food pantry, painting park railings, clearing driftwood, planting flowers, repainting faded curb markings, and more. Volunteers can sign up at www.1DayHoboken.com or visit Church Square Park Saturday morning at 10am.
“We’re thrilled about the projects that we’re going to tackle on Saturday,” says Chris High, Pastor of Hoboken Grace. “Serving people in our Hoboken community is essential to who we are. Over 100 people served last year, and with an even bigger turnout expected this year, we’re excited to make a big impact here in our city.”
This year, Hoboken Grace and the Hoboken community will partner to serve the Hoboken Housing Authority, the Jubilee Center, the In Jesus’ Name food pantry, the Parks Department, and the City of Hoboken.
“It’s amazing to see how people come together to make a difference,” says Susi Tully, who volunteered during 1Day 2010. “Last year, we were able to clean the beach and rocks in less than 2 hours. It was a great feeling of accomplishment to see how much better Hoboken looked when we finished. I’m looking forward to Saturday!” Photos from last year’s event and more information about 1Day 2011 can be found on the website.
Hoboken Grace Community Church is a contemporary, non-denominational Christian church in Hoboken, NJ. One of the fastest growing churches in the Northeast for families and young adults, Hoboken Grace offers two services on Sundays, 10am and 11:30am at 301 Garden Street in Hoboken. To learn more, visit www.hobokengrace.com