Thumbs-up to volunteers from a Campton Hills church who took part in service projects throughout the community as part of a special program.
Last weekend, more than 70 members of the Congregational United Church of Christ conducted community service projects, part of a program called “Jesus Has Left the Building … and We Are Following Him!”
Participants worked at the Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin, Corron Farm in Campton Township, Garfield Farm Museum in Campton Hills, Marklund in Blackberry Township and the St. Charles Heritage Center in St. Charles. Volunteers also helped a church member in need at home.
Members kept busy performing tasks that needed to be done, and recipients were grateful. Lisa Mertz, program manager for the Campton Township Open Space program, described volunteers as “our workforce.”
It is a noble endeavor, worthy of praise. But it’s certainly not an isolated act of kindness in Kane County. It’s not uncommon to hear of such programs in the Tri-Cities and Kaneland areas. There are those who volunteer at food pantries, churches, libraries, animal shelters and other places, and they help make our area a wonderful place to work and live.
The church program’s spirit is inspiring, and it’s something other groups can emulate. As important as it is to learn, study and identify the needs of those in a community, the time eventually will come for action. It’s impressive to watch such plans go into action.