Mitzvah Day: Many volunteer projects to choose from on Good Deed Day

Men, women, families, kids, teens, seniors, all faith communities, businesses and local organizations are invited to participate in the fourth annual community-wide Spirit-Led Day of Service to community organizations of Sedona and the Verde Valley.

• 11:45 a.m. – Check in at St. John Vianney Church, 180 Soldiers Pass Road, Sedona   Free T-shirt or button while supplies last

• 12:30 p.m. - Announcements, blessing and leave for work sites

• 1:15-3:30 p.m. – Work at project sites

• 4 p.m. – Arrive back at St. John Vianney for community gathering, sharing, song and video interviews for new teen project

Volunteers are responsible for transportation to projects. Materials will be provided at the sites. Volunteers are asked to bring a bag of non perishable groceries at check-in for local food banks. Select a project or just say “Use me where you need me!”

PROJECTS

• Join a “Seniors Task Force” to help elderly neighbors with home/yard chores

• Join Gardens for Humanity to haul soil and build fence for community garden at St. John Vianney

• Outdoor clean up at the Cottonwood Senior Center

• Help build a concrete sports court at St. Joseph’s School in Cottonwood

• Work side by side with the homeless to clean up litter on a lot near Catholic Charities in Cottonwood

• Plant and care for the Peace Garden at the Sedona Creative Life Center

• Help Cornucopia Community Advocates in VOC with soil, planting and fence project for the free range laying hens!

• Organize shelves, clean floors, windows and rugs, paint walls and clean up landscaping at the Sedona Food Bank

• Paint the front of the building and garden walls and plant a front garden at Sedona Recycles

Clean up Sedona’s Grasshopper Point Recreation Area with the U.S. Forest Service

• Help with landscaping and weed removal at the U.S. Forest Ranger Station Visitor Center in VOC

• Pet, play with, groom and make toys for dogs & cats and help with other chores at the Sedona Humane Society

• Trimming apple trees and planting winter plants  to benefit residents at Kachina Point in VOC

• Oil the wood on pews and statues at St. John Vianney

• Decorate, sort and store items for Habitat for Humanity in Cottonwood

• Help with gardening work for Keep Sedona Beautiful at its historic building

• Power wash the building at Catholic Charities in Cottonwood

• Help Buena Vista Children’s Services transport classroom materials and shelving from Camp Verde to Cottonwood

• Pull out carpet, move books and prep a room for flooring at Pawprints in VOC

• Clean tack, saddles and bridles at Connections Equine Therapy in Cornville

• Paint several rooms at Y.E.S. the Arc in Cottonwood

• Cleanup and haul away old games/equipment at Cottonwood Boys & Girls Club

• Wash windows and haul away an old pool table at the Sedona Boys & Girls Club

• Put together a children’s playground set donated to St. John Vianney

• Sand and oil wood furniture on the patio at the Sedona Sunrise Adult Center

• Clean up landscaping around Sedona City Hall  

• Join the team weeding at Posse Grounds Park

• Join Sustainable Arizona team canvassing neighborhoods to let people know about winter weatherization programs

• Wash the windows and spruce up the building at Twice Nice Thrift Shop in Sedona

• Work on projects for Good Will in Cottonwood and in Sedona

• Help with the landscape irrigation system at House of Ruth in Cottonwood

• Clean up landscaping around the Sedona Arts Center

• Help onsite with Mitzvah Day Administration, Registration and Food

Stuff and sew small and large “Feelie Hearts” for children and adult trauma victims and hospital patients

• Make No-Sew Fleece blanket throws for Verde Valley Sanctuary residents

• Sew carrying sacks for homeless recipients served by the Sedona Food Bank (on sewing machines)

• Create pine cone angels and paper wreaths for Meals on Wheels recipients and nursing home residents

• Stuff and sew for a new “Teddy Bear” project

Mitzvah Day is a joint project organized by the Sedona Community Center, The Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley and a fabulous team of volunteers. It is made possible by grants from the Sedona Community Foundation and the City of Sedona,   financial and in-kind donations from faith communities, businesses, and individuals and communications support from United Way of Yavapai County. The term “Mitzvah” from the Hebrew word for “commandment” expresses acts of human kindness.

Visit www.mitzvahdaysedona.com.

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