ShareFest focuses help this year at Clifton ShareFest focuses help this year at Clifton park

Selva Castellano was happy to spend four hours throwing junk into a Dumpster.
The 16-year-old had no idea that disposing of broken bikes and dilapidated headboards at Clifton’s Candlewood Park could be rewarding.
“It just feels good to help others,” she said.
Helping others with no expectation of reward was the premise behind ShareFest, said John Mok-Lamme, pastor at Sojourners Christian Fellowship church. Members of his congregation were among dozens of volunteers with several area churches who helped repair roofs, build decks and haul off garbage for residents of Candlewood Park, one of several sites targeted this year by ShareFest.
If the ShareFest turnout this year is like last year, more than 1,000 volunteers from more than a dozen churches spent this weekend helping others in Grand Valley.

ShareFest wraps up today.

ShareFest volunteers from area congregations spend one weekend outside the confines of their churches’ buildings and instead help with myriad home projects. There are no sermons, but helping others is a way to demonstrate Christ’s love, Mok-Lamme said.

Castellano signed up to volunteer at ShareFest as a way to earn the community service hours required for confirmation at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Instead, she made a lasting impression on at least one Candlewood Park resident.

“She is a jewel,” said Jodie MacTavish, a resident of the mobile home park for more than 20 years.

MacTavish isn’t part of a church helping in this year’s ShareFest, but she thought this weekend was a good chance to beautify her neighborhood. MacTavish provided her truck and time to haul garbage to Candlewood Park’s four Dumpsters.

“It needs to be done,” she said.

People interested in helping at Candlewood Park today can show up at 9 a.m. at the playground in the middle of the mobile home park. Mok-Lamme said he will find projects for people to do.


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