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Volunteers welcome for One Great Day
Annual event is set for Saturday
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Forsyth County News

Want to help?
Those wishing to take part in Cumming First United Methodist's One Great Day of Service on Saturday should register online at www.cfumcga.com, or contact Bill Mills at (770) 886-0691 or bmills@nai-group.com.

Bill Mills said he's "always amazed" by the generosity shown during an annual church event.

Mills is the organizer of Cumming First United Methodist Church's One Great Day of Service, which is set for Saturday.

The day provides church members, as well as those of other denominations and those who may not attend church at all, to come together in service to the community.

Now in its 10th year, the day typically draws about 600 participants, including adults and children, Mills said.

"We love to have anybody who wants to help," Mills said.

Those wanting to serve need to register ahead of time, preferably online.

The day of service begins at 7:45 a.m. with check-in and a continental breakfast, followed by an 8:30 a.m. communion, although Mills said attending the service is not required.

"Then at about 9 a.m., we head out into the community," he said.

Volunteers take part in a wide range of service projects, Mills said.

Among them: Ice cream socials at area nursing homes; yard work and cleaning at seniors' homes; projects at various nonprofits; a blood drive; and sorting goods at the church's food pantry.

Mills said volunteers can choose which project they would like to complete, but only a certain number are needed for each.

"A few of the projects are already filled, but there's still plenty that need volunteers," he said.

Most projects take between two and three hours to complete, Mills said.

"We don't want to keep people all day since it is a Saturday and we know there's lots of other things going on," he said.

Mills hopes to have a large turnout.

"To me, this is something our Lord has commanded us to do and it's a chance to give back to the community," he said. "There's a lot of people in our community who need help."

He said volunteers often take as much or more away from the event as the beneficiaries.

"Often after taking part in this day, people realize what a blessing giving back is and they end up going out and volunteering regularly with the group they help," he said.