As summer heats up, most organizations are slowing down, but not The Salvation Army’s Sydney Community and Family Services. Sydney has been touching lives as they continue to create new programs and initiatives within their community.
The first Spring Into Summer Ladies Night Out event was held on June 4, with an overwhelming turnout of 120 ladies. “We printed off 100 tickets and two weeks before the event we were completely sold out,” says Major Dena Hepditch, Corps Officer in Sydney. “We figured out that we had room for 20 more people, and they sold within days.” They brought in a Sobey’s Dietitian to speak about summer food safety, as well as a Pharmacist to teach about summer sun care. The next Ladies Night Out event, Variety is the Spice of Life will feature an Epicure taste testing and fall finger foods. In addition to staging a wonderful night for the ladies, the event also raises funds for programs in the community.
Here’s a look at a few of the other things happening in Sydney lately:
-A new partnership with the local high school resulted in a neighborhood cleanup during the lunch hour. Residents were thrilled to see the high school students engaged in such an act of kindness and the lunch hour wrapped up with a free barbecue put on by the Army. They plan on doing more of these community outreach lunches in the future.
-Weekly walk aerobics is really taking off as women are attending from all over the community. After working out, the women enjoy a cup of coffee or tea at the Center’s Community Café. A gentleman in his 70s volunteers his time every week to bake up some tasty treats to go with the coffee, providing a wonderful opportunity for all the women to get to know one another better.
-On a Friday evening in April, Sydney had their first Junior Youth Group. They had an attendance of 17 teens and pre-teens, 10 of whom were first time attenders.
-Other activities the Center is involved in include monthly movie nights, kids program and a 50+ program.