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Local church hosts event to mobilize volunteers

Posted: October 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Volunteers cooking pancakes at the 2009 pancake breakfast event held by North Park Church. (Martha Garcia/The Signal)

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Pancakes, live music and more than 20 local and national nonprofit, service-oriented organizations will attend the annual Fall Fest/Make a Difference Day this Sunday held at North Park Community Church.

The Fall Fest/Make a Difference Day held tomorrow from 8:45-11:45 a.m. is North Park’s fifth annual event of this kind. Next year, the church has decided to change the name to Make a Difference Day, but the goal of the event will remain the same.

“We really hope to mobilize people into service and outreach opportunities,” said Bob Hudson, associate pastor of North Park. “We want to inform and inspire people.”


Local, international organizations

Nonprofit organizations such as Help the Children, SCV Food Pantry, International Youth Initiative, Zoe International and the Domestic Violence Shelter SCV will all have representatives at the event in efforts to encourage members of the community to join the volunteer efforts locally and internationally.

Jamie Pence, 34, longtime member of North Park, has attended the event in the past. This year, she is helping to organize and coordinate the event.

“This event is really eye opening,” she said. “We tend to get stuck in our own little world and forget that there is a bigger world out there, and so many needs in our valley and around the world.”

The event and pancake breakfast is free and open to the public. It will feature live music and a clothing drive to help the needy.

“This really is an opportunity for people to find a ministry or two to plug into,” Hudson said.


Saving Lives

Frank Grubbs will be attending the event representing the nonprofit organization World Vision and informing attendees of their mission. World Vision helps disenfranchised children in 100 different countries by providing sponsorships.

“We want to break the cycle of poverty that kids are in around the world,” he said. “We are really child focused and community based. This year the Horn of Africa is experiencing the worst drought it has in over 60 years, but none of the 250,000 children there sponsored by our organization have died, and that’s because of sponsorship efforts.”

Last year, Grubbs said the North Park church event helped gather sponsorships for nearly 50 kids, and he is excited to see the results from Sunday’s event.

“We are really blessed to be a part of this great event,” he said. “They care about children all over the world.”

This will be the second year the International Youth Initiative is attending the event. The organization helps youth in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Mexico break the cycle of poverty.

“We are offering people other avenues of involvement, ways to help people really make a difference,” said Keith King, executive director of International Youth Initiative.

Other nonprofit organizations attending the event will include Invisible Children, SCV Pregnancy Center, Ensenada Outreach Center, Grace Children’s Home, Children of the Nations (Million Meals Marathon), Family Promise, Bridge to Home/Winter Shelter and many more.

“We really just want to mobilize people into the community and beyond,” Hudson said.

North Park Church is located at 28310 Kelly Johnson Drive in Valencia.


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