MARYSVILLE — Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring recently recognized members of the Marysville First Assembly of God Church as Volunteers of the Month for August for their “I Heart Marysville” cleanup campaign that same month.
During the week of Aug. 6-10, 130 volunteers — including 40 youths of all ages — participated in the church’s “I Heart Marysville” campaign as part of a pledge to set a good example in taking care of the community they call home.
At the Monday, Sept. 24, Marysville City Council meeting where Marysville First Assembly of God Church Lead Pastor Nik Baumgart and Media and Communications Pastor Daniel Livengood accepted the honor, Nehring praised the church members for their mission to serve where they live.
Nehring repeated comments made earlier by Marysville First Assembly of God Church Children’s Pastor Fawnda Faucett when she said, “We live here, we work here, our kids go to school here and we worship here, so we want to help our community in any way we can. Through our ‘I Heart Marysville’ campaign, we wanted to clean up Marysville and make it look the same way that we feel about it.”
“Those are encouraging words, and I couldn’t agree more,” Nehring said.
The campaign included:
n Clearing thistles and weeds, and trimming overgrown plants at Grove Elementary School.
n Landscaping improvements at Grove Elementary and Marysville-Pilchuck High School.
n Repainting buildings, and re-roofing and repairing the Little League ball-field dugouts at Marysville Middle School, and removing graffiti from the scoreboards.
n Spreading play chips to improve six city parks; Jennings Memorial Park, Youth Peace Park, Cedarcrest Vista Park, Tuscany Park, Foothills Park and Verda Ridge Park.
n Spreading landscape bark at the Marysville City Hall and Public Safety Building.
In total, Marysville First Assembly of God Church volunteers installed 150 cubic yards of play chips and 70 yards of landscape bark.
This is by no means the only volunteer service that the Marysville First Assembly of God Church has given back to the community. According to Nehring, the church’s popular “Got Trash Day” event was part of the city’s “Community Clean Sweep Week” activities earlier this year, and the church filled more than a dozen industrial containers to help residents get rid of old throw-away items as part of their own spring cleaning around the house. Nehring credited the church with helping with numerous city Parks and Recreation efforts, as well.
If you know an unsung hero or group that you would like to nominate for Volunteer of the Month for making a difference in the community, visit the city of Marysville’s website at http://marysvillewa.gov/volunteerofthemonth.