Oak Ridge Baptist Church gives back to community with Peace 1 Day
SALISBURY, Md. – Friends and members of Oak Ridge Baptist Church spent their rainy Sunday serving their community on Peace 1 Day. “Oak Ridge has always been about hope and healing. So this is a great way to show love to our community through giving and loving and acts of service,” said Director of Peace 1 Day Heather Smith.
More than 400 volunteers at 12 different sites across all three counties of the Lower Eastern Shore pitched in on different projects. That includes helping out with landscaping at the Salisbury Zoo, planting a community garden in Pocomoke City, and redoing bathrooms and repainting the outside of HALO homeless shelter in Salisbury. “We went to Shad Landing, and we actually went to Diakonia, which is another homeless shelter in West Ocean City,” said Smith.
Organizers say they’re excited to get back out this year. But more help is always needed at each of the sites they volunteered at Sunday. “I know Hope and Life Outreach, because of last, year their volunteerism has been way down. So if anybody would like to serve, you can look up Hope and Life Outreach, or HALO,” said Peace 1 Day Site Leader Roger Martinson.
Sunday was the fourth annual Peace 1 Day. But the 2020 event had to be cancelled because of COVID-19. “There’s no better time than right now to give back to our community. So it’s just a great way to come together after a year of hardship,” said Smith.
Now, Oak Ridge is getting ready for their Easter Celebration. They’ll have multiple service times next Sunday and say all are welcome. For more information about the congregation’s Easter services, click here.