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National Volunteer Week Kicks Off This Weekend At Avent Park

National Volunteer Week will begin this weekend with a celebration at Avent Park. The annual Party in the Park event, coordinated by the Family Crisis Services of North Mississippi, will begin at 10 Saturday morning.

A total of eight events highlight the week. The Lafayette County RSVP and Volunteer Oxford will sponsor a Nonprofit Leadership Recognition breakfast on April 27 at the organization’s former office located on the Square as part of the events. The breakfast is invite only and it will recognize, and thank, those that give back so much to the area throughout the year.
“April is a month that always has special meaning to RSVP because of National Volunteer Week,” said RSVP Director Arledia Bennett. “RSVP considers a person’s time to be one of their greatest assets. You have a limited supply of time with the volunteer opportunities we offer through RSVP. We look at that as a treasured service to our community. We know that you can’t put a price tag on a volunteer, but if you could equivocate a dollar amount to volunteering, the average figure is about $23 per hour. These volunteers help build a stronger community and at the same time, volunteering keeps them strong and active.”
The breakfast won’t be the only special treat for local volunteers. On Tuesday, some 50 volunteers will take part in a Mystery to a destination unknown. The only thing that those who have signed up know is they will experience a up to enjoy a fun day traveling, eating and sightseeing.
Other events associated with the week include: A Ride for Veterans will be held at Locals Restaurant Saturday from 2 until 6 p.m. Good Food for Oxford Schools Supply Drive, hosted by Volunteer Oxford, which will be held Sunday from 9 a.m. until noon at Wal-Mart. All of the supplies donated will go directly to students who participate in growing gardens at the various schools. There will be a garden work day at the Scott Center on Monday at 2 p.m. On Tuesday, there will be a clothing and fresh food drive during the weekly Oxford Community Market. Also on Tuesday, the LOU Reads Spring Book Drive will be going on. Residents can donate materials at the Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library, the Oxford-Lafayette Chamber of Commerce or the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. On Wednesday, baked goods from Sinfully Southern and Bottletree Bakery will be sold at Barnard Hall to benefit Dignity Period Oxford. That event will begin at 10 a.m., and run until 2 p.m. The fifth annual Gospel Choir Showcase will conclude the week on Sunday, April 30 from 3 until 5 p.m. That event will be held on the Square, between Oxford City Hall and Square Books Jr.

Courtesy of John Davis and the Oxford Park Commission
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