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Volunteers use elbow grease to help with spring cleaning

Volunteers armed with paper towels, shovels, and plain old elbow grease helped more than a dozen local residents with their spring cleaning on May 1.

Organized by the Oregon Fellowship of Ministries in conjunction with Forward Oregon, approximately 35 volunteers from area churches along with students from the Oregon High School Key Club helped with the project.

“This is very nice,” said Betty Berger as she watched three Key Club members wash her large picture window. “I used to be able to do this myself, but I probably shouldn’t get on the ladder now.”

Church officials compiled a list of residents who needed help with chores like washing windows, cleaning gutters, and general yard work, said Michael Hoffman, pastor of the Oregon Church of God and treasurer of the Oregon Fellowship of Ministries,

“Everything went very well and we had a very nice day weather-wise,” said Hoffman.

Dan Cain, associate pastor for the Oregon Church of God, organized the volunteers and compiled the list of the residents who had asked for the help.

“Dan was the person who organized the list for us,” said Hoffman.

Volunteers gathered in the parking lot of the Oregon Church of God at 8 a.m. before receiving their assignments and spreading out across town.

Joel Cheatwood volunteered to put on hip waders and clean the fish pond at the Village of Progress while others in his group pulled weeds from flower gardens.

Across town, other volunteers washed more windows and cleaned gutters with the assistance of Oregon Fire Department personnel.

“We are planning on making this an annual event,” said Hoffman.

For more information on the Oregon Fellowship of Ministries contact Hoffman at 815-732-6847 or Father Richard Kramer at 815-732-2234.

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