NEW BEDFORD — Nearly 200 people and/or business sponsors recently participated in the Fourth Annual Serve-A-Thon to benefit The Salvation Army and Mobile Ministries. The two organizations work to serve the homeless and those in need in the Greater New Bedford area. This year they raised approximately $30,000.
Volunteers participated in walking and biking events or volunteered at one of five area work sites. Projects included an interior painting project at the Wilks Library in New Bedford, organizing toys and clothes at Gifts to Give in Acushnet, harvesting crops at the YMCA Farm in Dartmouth, landscaping at the Veteran’s Field in Fairhaven, and grounds-keeping at the McCoy Athletic Complex in New Bedford.
"We’ve been able to bring a greater light on the work done by the Salvation Army and Mobile Ministries in our area," coordinator Steve Bouley said. "We’ve built some trusting relationships with city and town officials and raised over $132,000 these past four years.
"People are becoming more familiar with the impact a Serve-A-Thon can have in the community," he said. "There is so much more to be done and with the help of new like-minded volunteers, I believe we’re in a good position to grow, mature, and be more effective in the future."