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CORRECTION: Fall Fest seeks help

Event gathers nonprofit groups in search of volunteers

Posted: October 8, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 8, 2012 2:00 a.m.

The Cayette children - daughter Bailee, 5; son Aspen, 6; and daughter Payton, 8 - serve breakfast at Sunday's Fall Fest/Make a Difference Day at North Park Community Church in Valencia on Sunday.

 

 

The spirit of volunteerism came early for Robginald Cayette on Sunday when his four children woke him up eager to help out at the annual Fall Fest/Make a Difference Day hosted by the NorthPark Community Church.

His three older children — Bailee, 5; Aspen, who turns 7 in two days and 8-year-old Payton - proudly manned their station behind the pancake breakfast table, serving up sausages to those who turned up at the event.

His youngest daughter, 2-year-old Haeven, wanted to help but was happy just to be part of the well-attended volunteer fair, dancing to the music of a live band.

“My kids wanted to get up early this morning and help me with this,” Cayette said. “They want to help, I let them do it.”

More than 20 local causes were represented outside the church on Kelly Johnson Drive in Valencia.

Other nonprofit organizations represented Sunday included the SCV Food Pantry, International Youth Initiative, A Light of Hope and Zoe International.

Volunteers manned booths behind banners at the church’s fifth annual volunteer recruitment drive.

Banners raised behind some of the booths read: Single Mothers Outreach of Santa Clarita; the Domestic Violence Center and Help The Children.

Anyone interested in volunteering at any of the local organizations could pick and choose where they preferred to volunteer.

Leslie Gilbride manned the booth for Family Promise — a national organization that began 25 years ago getting churches to open their doors for homeless families.

“The idea behind Family Promise is — rather than constructing a building for a homeless shelter — so many churches are just empty buildings at night that you can get a group of churches to house homeless families,” she said.

Gilbride said a number of local families that have lost their homes in recent years have taken part in the program.

Jennifer Kennedy, programs and service director for Single Mothers Outreach of Santa Clarita, said volunteers are always needed to do office work at the program’s office on Ruether Avenue.

“Nobody has come up to volunteer yet, but we’re hoping of course,” she said. “We have a clothing closet that always needs assistance (maintaining). ... We give away free eight pieces of clothing per family member per month.”

Parishioners of the NorthPark Community Church collected pamphlets from the booths of several nonprofit organizations such as Invisible Children, SCV Pregnancy Center, Ensenada Outreach Center, Grace Children’s Home, Children of the Nations (Million Meals Marathon) and Bridge to Home/Winter Shelter.

jholt@the-signal.com

661-287-5527

 

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