The weekend of March 22-24 some 5,000 to 7,000 young adults are expected to travel to New York City and participate in 20 community service and outreach projects, Jose Cortez, youth ministries director of the Atlantic Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, announced yesterday. The event is named “Compassion Rally” and it is part of the NY13 urban mission initiative of the denomination’s General Conference.
Volunteers will help distribute food to low-income families, clean up coastal areas and waterways damaged in the recent hurricane, and assist in homeless shelters, nursing homes and shelters for abused women. Volunteers will also help with community gardens and spray paint murals, as well as participate in “prayer mob” in Times Square and an arts and crafts event in the Rockaways on Long Island.
Projects are scheduled from noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Each of the 20 projects has a different time frame and location and more specific information about each can be obtained from Aurora Sandoval, public information coordinator for the event, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the project web site: www.compassion-now.org
Cortez says that major Compassion weekends are planned on a yearly basis and youth groups from across North America and around the world are welcome to join in, so long as they pre-register with his office. Next year the Compassion weekend will be held in Portland, Maine, where 170 years earlier Adventist co-founder Ellen Harmon, then 17, was already looking forward to what became the Great Disappointment that fall. In 2015 the Compassion weekend is planned for Hamilton, Bermuda; in 2016 for Worcester, Massachusetts; and in 2017 in Syracuse and Rochester, New York. Each year it is planned for the next to last weekend in March.
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