Earlier this summer, more than 500 volunteers from St. Mark Catholic Church in Huntersville made a difference. During one of the hottest days of the year, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the volunteers from the church were involved in 30 projects throughout northern Mecklenburg and southern Iredell counties.
Beth Zuhosky, who chaired the project with Elizabeth Polo, said this was the first time the church had done something like this. The goal was to do as many projects in one day in as many places as possible.
This idea came from both other churches in the area and from the parish priest. The St. Mark community wanted some kind of project that all members could be a part of, no matter their age, and give of their time and not their money. Zuhosky said they had no idea how many people would show up, but every project was filled to the maximum.
In Cornelius, the parishioners washed trucks at the fire department, sorted and stocked books at the library, helped build a house for Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, collected money at local grocery stores and donated it to a needy cause for Operation Lamb, as well as planted flowers and cleaned up at Bailey Road School.
Zuhosky said, “It turned out to be a fabulous day. We ended it all back at church with a family picnic after our 5:30 mass.”
The volunteers also cleaned up Smithville Park, spreading landscape mulch and playground surfacing and replacing shingles on the picnic shelter roof.
Visit a local park
Since July is National Recreation and Parks Month, be sure to take advantage of Smithville or one of Cornelius' other beautiful parks with all the activities we have. Did you know we have a total of 12 town and county parks, with playgrounds, greenways, bikeways and walkways, lake access, concession stands with food, picnic grounds, sports fields and courts, and even a climbing rock? Go to www.corneliuspr.org/town- ofcorneliusparks to see which park is closest to you and to see what facilities each park has.
Cornelius Arts Center
From now to Aug. 30, stop by the gallery at the Cornelius Arts Center to see “Summer Creates!” featuring the works of summer campers. These children have attended camps from the Creative Arts Exchange, Children's Arts Project and the Cornelius PARC Department this summer.
The Cornelius Arts Center is in the Oak Street Mill. Details: 704-896-2460, ext. 399.