Impact Yadkin to begin June 17

By Kristian Russell -

For the week of June 17-24, houses across the Yadkin Valley area will be subject to the help of Impact Yadkin. Since 2011, Impact Yadkin has been making a difference in the communities of the county. The biannual event brings together people of all ages that volunteer their time to help improve the lives of local residents with home improvements and community outreach.

More than 1,600 volunteers will embark on a week-long mission that includes construction, Party in the Park, water and food teams, and community outreach. While many of the volunteers are from North Carolina, two out-of-state churches will be helping. One church from Kentucky and one church from Maryland will be lending their hands and hearts for the week.

This year, there are 70 sites on the agenda for the week. The 70 sites don’t include houses that have been completed before the week, or houses that will be completed throughout the summer by various volunteers. Many of the projects include home repairs, which can range from building wheelchair ramps, painting, roofing, pressure washing, and other minor construction work.

Along with construction, there will be various Party in the Park locations across the county. Parents are encouraged to bring their kids to the park to engage in various activities. Party in the Park will run 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday with a bag lunch provided for the kids to take home. Locations for Party in the Park are Yadkinville Town Park, East Bend Elementary, Fall Creek Elementary, Boonville Elementary, West Yadkin Elementary and Lila Swaim Park in Jonesville.

Forbush High School will be the hub for Impact Yadkin as volunteers will eat, sleep and worship around the campus. Volunteers will begin arriving at the school on Saturday and will depart the next Saturday after their work is finished. On Sunday, crews will head out to various churches across the county. The churches will be hosts to the crews throughout the week, as they will provide food and water at the work sites. The crews will head out on Monday morning to their sites and by the end of the week, the lives of everyone involved will be changed for the better.

Every night during the week of Impact Yadkin, a worship service will be held at the Forbush High School gym. The services will start at 7:30 p.m. and will run until 9 p.m. Friday night is the grand finale with worship beginning at 6 p.m. The services are open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

Magnify Ministries is the center of Impact Yadkin and brings everything together with countless volunteers behind the scenes. The ministry is made up of the towns of Yadkinville, East Bend, Boonville and Fall Creek. It is a combination of local churches from different denominations, which all have the desire to improve local homes in their community. To help with construction cost of Impact Yadkin, make checks payable to Magnify Ministries at 1336 Lone Hickory Road, Yadkinville, NC 27055.

By Kristian Russell