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Youth to volunteer in South Holland on April 12

2014-03-24T00:00:00Z Youth to volunteer in South Holland on April 12Mary Ann Thornton Times Columnist
March 24, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Spring is in the air in South Holland with something extra special planned for the community this season.

Have you ever heard of The Big Day of Serving? The first I heard of this was a few weeks back when South Holland was selected to take part in this program. The Big Day of Serving, “youth transforming America’s neighborhoods,” is a series of one-day events across the United States in which Christian youth groups perform volunteer service in neighborhoods.

This year, South Holland is one of the areas that will be touched by the hands of young mission workers. On April 12, they will clean neighborhood parks, weed the youth commission community garden, help with landscaping projects, touch-up park equipment with a fresh coat of paint, engage in improvement projects at the South Holland Community Center, and much, much more.

The Big Day of Serving is a national movement that promotes the value of a servant’s heart. Their goal is to achieve 1 million kids across the country working together for the same cause. Big Day is an initiative of Group Mission Trip (formerly Group Workcamps Foundation). It was developed out of the challenge of helping teens experience a genuine life-changing connection to Christian faith.

The organization has provided more than 6 million volunteer hours performed by nearly a quarter of a million participants, and has served hundreds of thousands of people. Hundreds of short-term mission trips are organized across the nation and abroad, providing not only community service, but also home repair for families in need of help.

The village of South Holland is excited to welcome The Big Day of Serving youth groups, with an expectation of nearly 250 volunteers working hard on this special day. When the day is done on April 12, the community would have been touch by the servant’s heart of incredible, selfless teenagers motivated to make this world a better place.

To learn more about The Big Day of Serving, visit Group Mission Trip's website —

The opinions are solely those of the writer. Mary Ann Thornton is communications manager for the village of South Holland. She can be reached at

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