Volunteer opportunities still available as Service Fest ends Friday night

With Sequim Service Fest set to wrap its two week run on Friday, June 15, there’s still plenty of work to finish in its home stretch.

Community members can sign up daily at the Guy Cole Event Center at Carrie Blake Community Park starting at 8 a.m. Some of the projects led by City of Sequim staff and/or Habitat for Humanity include painting homes, installing a fence by the Sequim Transit Center, constructing a mower shed, and installing informational kiosks around the city.

So far, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity’s Care-A-Vanners program, a group of 20-plus individuals from across the country, helped declutter and paint a home on West Hammond Street, paint dugouts and benches at Dr. Standard Memorial Little League Park, clean debris from a demolished home, build a new picnic shelter at Margaret Kirner Park, and much more.

Colleen Robinson, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County, said her hope is that residents see Service Fest as an opportunity to seek support, particularly those “aging in place.” Projects, she said, can include anything from debris pickup to installing hand rails.

“I’m hoping this breaks down any barriers of fear,” Robinson said.

Along with Habitat volunteers, local groups, such as the Sequim Valley Lions Club and Sunrise Rotary, and several individuals have helped on different projects and Trinity United Methodist Church hosted a dinner for volunteers on June 11, too.

Community members made use of the City of Sequim’s six dumpsters between three sites on June 6 for its Rally in the Alley program. City staff reported dumpsters filled as early as 10 a.m. and sites had to be monitored so debris wouldn’t overflow.

One day prior, Sequim Day of Color offered quarts of paint following Sequim’s logo pallate. More than 50 community members received free quarts of paint, and paint remains available at Guy Cole Event Center from 9 a.m.-noon through Friday as supplies last. Leftover paint will be used for a mural, Robinson said.

Habitat leaders encourage residents who use the paint for home projects to share on social media with the hashtag #sequimservicefest.

Sequim Service Fest ends with a closing ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday with a concert by Black Diamond Junction from 6-8 p.m. at the James Center for the Performing Arts in Carrie Blake Community Park. Wind Rose Cellars hosts a wine garden at the concert.

At the event, residents are encouraged to wear one of seven colors corresponding with their neighborhood, which can be found via the city’s website at www.sequimwa.gov under the “Service Fest” link.

Sequim Service Fest is the first-of-its-kind partnering Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County, the City of Sequim and First Federal.

For more information or to volunteer for Service Fest, contact Assistant City Manager Joe Irvin at 360-582-2457 or jirvin@sequimwa.gov or Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County at info@habitatclallam.org, 360-775-3742 or by visiting www.habitatclallam.org.

For the City of Sequim’s Rally in the Alley, six dumpsters at three sites filled by 10 a.m. on June 6. The event corresponded with Sequim Service Fest, which runs through June 15 with volunteer opportunities through the city. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

For the City of Sequim’s Rally in the Alley, six dumpsters at three sites filled by 10 a.m. on June 6. The event corresponded with Sequim Service Fest, which runs through June 15 with volunteer opportunities through the city. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Care-A-Vanners, a group of volunteers from across the country staying in RVs, were recognized on June 11 at the Sequim City Council meeting for their efforts during Sequim Service Fest from June 4-15. Mayor Dennis Smith declared June 11 Sequim Habitat for Humanity RV Care-A-Vanner Day.

Care-A-Vanners, a group of volunteers from across the country staying in RVs, were recognized on June 11 at the Sequim City Council meeting for their efforts during Sequim Service Fest from June 4-15. Mayor Dennis Smith declared June 11 Sequim Habitat for Humanity RV Care-A-Vanner Day.