Heart Work is Hard Work Project 2: Half of Montana is Missing

Half of Montana is missing; the Great Lakes are disappearing, and Nevada is gone altogether.

This is the tired, worn down state- no pun intended- of the United States map at Sigsbee Park located at 1250 Sigsbee Street SE in Grand Rapids.

On Friday, September 24th, the AmeriCorps team from the American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids will join forces with Griffin Properties and community volunteers to bring a fresh new look to Sigsbee School Park. Beginning at 3:30 PM, the playground will be buzzing with activity. Fresh cans of paint will be cracked open, and new, clean brushes will be dirtied. An expected fifteen volunteers and staff members will be seen working hard and having fun around the playground.

Not only will the map be repainted with vibrant colors, but the playground will also be cleaned up. Volunteers and AmeriCorps members alike will come together to pull weeds, paint, scrape, trim bushes, and restore the vibrancy to Sigsbee Park. Some volunteers will don gardening gloves to tackle the playground. Others will crawl on hands and knees to repaint the pavement. In the span of six hours or less, Sigsbee Park will be rejuvenated through the dedication of volunteers and employees alike. It is not just the schoolchildren of Southeast Academic Center that will benefit from this project, but the whole community.

Because Sigsbee Park has much to offer for parents and children alike, this project is a wonderful way to reach out into the community and get involved.

If you would like to get involved in this project, or projects like this, please email Elizabeth Wright at ewright@ggr.redcross.org or call (616) 456-8661 ext. 3501 for more information. If nothing else, stop by Sigsbee Park on Friday September 24 for a great evening of service and fun. After all, heart work is hard work.

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