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March 16, 2010 — Compassion Katy, lead sponsor of Katy ServeFest, announces it’s most successful service event yet.  The event was held over two weekends, February 27 and March 6, 2010.  The total volunteer count was almost 600 representing over 4000 volunteer hours given to the two locations.  One of Compassion Katy’s missions is to see churches work together to impact our community.  Without a strong partnership with local churches, Grand Lakes Presbyterian, Alief Baptist Church, Grace Fellowship, The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch, Kingsland Baptist and many others we could not have run such a successful event.   

Katy ServeFest was also a site where volunteers who “Gave a Day” could earn a day at any Walt Disney Park.  The response to this incentive was amazing!  We had volunteers from Brenham, Beaumont, The Woodlands, Lufkin, Houston, Sugar Land and other surrounding areas.  There were many first time volunteers and many who expressed an interest in finding more ways to get connected and give their time to volunteer with non-profits near them.  

We continued our 3 year partnership with the YMCA, working at their Day Camp site.  The YMCA Day Camp site was chosen because of their impact on so many in the community and the family friendly volunteer environment.  Families with ages ranging from 6 to 72 worked side by side to make the Day Camp a better place for the children who attend camp there in the summers and the ARC of Katy Kids who use the facility during the school year.  The second location this year was Pregnancy Help Center, a local non-profit that provides services that affirm life.  There were several projects done at the Pregnancy Help Center to make the building more inviting to the clients and usable by their staff and volunteers. 

Three volunteers help clean up the YMCA Day Camp facility.

Lunch was generously provided on both weekends by Chick-fil-a of Katy.  Coffee was provided by Kosmos Coffee.  Kosmos Coffee is a non-profit coffee shop that donates all profits to local and international life need meeting ministries.    Compassion Katy would like to thank Chick-Fil-A and Kosmos for their generous donations. 

Compassion Katy will be sponsoring our Fall Katy ServeFest workday on October 16, 2010 and Spring Katy ServeFest 2011 will be held on February 26 and March 5, 2011.  More information can be found on our website at www.compassionkaty.org.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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