Picnic-style family festival provides free community activities

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The House of Prayer has expanded its annual community picnic by partnering with United Way of Southeast Missouri to bring attention to volunteerism. The picnic focuses on families and neighborhoods.

The Family Festival, sponsored by the House of Prayer, United Way of Southeast Missouri and River Corridor Task Force, will begin at 3 p.m. June 21 at Indian Park, at the corner of William and Lorimier streets. The picnic-style event includes free food, games, a waterslide and musical entertainment for the entire family. Music will be provided by the Church Boys and the Youth Community Choir. Games and a waterslide will be free for youths. Bring towels and lawn chairs.

"The House Of Prayer Family Festival is a great event to focus on families and engage the community in helping others," said Shannon Howard, United Way volunteer marketing coordinator.

This is the inaugural event for the United Way's Day of Action, a nationally promoted event allowing local United Way chapters to focus on key priority areas. Locally, this year's event encourages the community to become engaged in helping others and encourages volunteering at any age. Live United T-shirts will be distributed to those pledging to volunteer in the community.

The United Way of Southeast Missouri challenges the community to give an hour, a Saturday or a voice to a cause. It's as easy as taking your disabled neighbor's trash to the curb or reading a story to a child. For more information visit www.UnitedWayofSEMO.org or call 334-9634.

cpagano@semissourian.com

335-6611, extension 133

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