|LAKELAND, FL (August 29, 2013) – On September 7, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Polk County is coming together for a volunteer festival on the SUN ‘n FUN Campus. It’s the first one of its kind in Florida. In recognition of the resiliency of the American people after the 9-11 event, Servapalooza organizers, spearheaded by Janet Bartuska from Volunteer Polk, have created a platform for Polk County residents to serve each other, support the non-profit organizations and celebrate the strengths found in their neighborhoods. Guests attending the event include Chester Spellman, President and CEO of Volunteer Florida as well as Polk County elected officials.
Nearly 100 non-profit organizations will showcase their programs, recruit new volunteers, and host donation drives. As Habitat for Humanity volunteers erect walls that will be used to construct new homes, the Polk County Health Department will be on-hand for health screenings. Faith in Action will be exhibiting their programs to assist seniors in their quest for independent living. More than 20 organizations will showcase their items for sale in “The Marketplace.” Items from homemade jams/jellies to quilts will be available.
This interactive event gives residents a moment to make a contribution for their neighborhood on the SUN ‘n FUN Campus. John R. “Lites” Leenhouts, President/CEO of SUN ‘n FUN stated, “As a 501c3, SUN ‘n FUN is proud to be the host of this event and realizes the significant value of reliable volunteers. Nearly 4,000 volunteers make our year round activities and the Annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo a reality.”
Hands-on projects that include stuffing Christmas stockings or Backpacks for children will be completed in assembly-line fashion. Drive-through donation centers have become a major part of the event. Toys for Tots will be accepting contributions as well as food pantries. A reading area for children hosted by Camping World will feature “Clifford, the Big Red Dog.” The day also offers food vendors and entertainment. Hall Communications and Magnify Credit Union are joining other local businesses contributing to the day.
There is no charge for admission or parking at the event, but attendees are encouraged to bring donations for organizations soliciting support. Residents truly can make a difference in a very short period of time by volunteering labor for a few hours or signing up for future projects with any of the organizations. For more information about Servapalooza contact Volunteer Polk at 863-534-5580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.