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Volunteers gear up for annual Power of Florence

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 9th, 2013

Volunteers clean up the grounds at Siuslaw Elementary School during last years Power of Florence event. (courtesy photo)

July 20 is the third annual Power of FlOreNcE.

The third Saturday in July was officially dedicated by the Florence City Council as a citywide day to volunteer.

The day is set up as a community celebration similar to the Rhododendron Festival, however, this day focuses on making a difference in the community and working together to make the community even better, while celebrating volunteerism.

Nonprofit organizations, community groups and individuals have created 27 events so far that are scheduled all throughout the day, and anyone can participate in any or all of them.

Each event is organized to provide an opportunity for participants to make a difference by fundraising, collecting needed items for a non-profit organization, or by beautifying the community.

I am just so excited for this year because all the other years have been just so phenomenal that I cant wait to see what this year will be like, said 13-year-old organizer of the event, Kaylee Graham. I hope that people learn to love volunteering, and dont just do it on this day but reach out and help others throughout the year.

The Power of Florence Power Walk is the official start of the day, and Mayor Nola Xavier will start it off at 8 a.m. at the Florence Christian Church.

Many events are being held in the Grocery Outlet parking lot this year, including a hamburger and hot dog feed, tye-dying, lavender sale, lemonade fundraiser, bake sale, car wash, the third annual Beavers vs. Ducks food collecting contest and more.

For the complete article see the 07-10-2013 issue.

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