Kids Spend Part Of Summer Vacation Volunteering

Volunteers are spending the week cleaning up the streets of Greenville.

The mission of an initiative called "One Body" is to gather students from sixth grade to college age, to do something from the heart for a stranger.

"One Body" came from various churches in Greenville to teach kids the importance of faith and prayer, while renovating, painting, and clearing homes in parts of Greenville.

The organization works entirely on donations. The volunteers will spend the week at four sites in the Greenville area.

A block party will be held Saturday on Columbia and Chestnut Streets to celebrate with the community.

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  • by HB Location: Greenville on Aug 8, 2010 at 09:04 AM
    Just an FYI. Last summer the OneBody experiment got news coverage and the first man on camera was one of the leaders and organizers, Man of God and brother of color, Mr. David Shackleford of JH Rose. The kids would be bummed to know that someone not involved would shoot a dart
  • by tg Location: greenville on Aug 6, 2010 at 07:40 PM
    I just want to share that I was blessed today to watch the closing worship these kids had. There is a real movement an revolution going on amongst these kids to cross the barriers of what makes us different and look instead at what we have in common. As adults we should support and commend these kids in what they did! I have never seen my son work so hard in my life as he did this week volunteering!
  • by HB Location: Greenville on Aug 6, 2010 at 01:58 PM
    This is the only thing that seems to be working to build a strong city across racial and socio-economic barriers. The adults and Greenville community leaders should take note and become One Body. This makes God grin!
  • by Rachel Furci Location: Greenville on Aug 5, 2010 at 05:53 PM
    Hey everyone! I participated in OneBody this year for the first time ever. I just have to say that this was life changing. I absolutely loved doing it and will definitely be participating next year. For all of you that have said what a great job we have done, I would like to thank you so much. The person who commented a few down from me ending by saying "greater things are still be be done in this city" we actually sang a song in praise and worship today that had that same line in it. Wow, thats just so awesome! Haha. So I guess Ill leave by thanking all of you again that have thanked us. Coming together this week to work with different ethnic groups has left a lasting impression in my life and I hope others will continue to join in this great cause. God Bless everyone and remember that Jesus loves YOU!
  • by To Diane on Aug 5, 2010 at 04:32 PM
    Why didn't your child volunteer to be interviewed when Lynette asked for volunteers. The interviews were not about fame or color or anything else but reporting what great things all of these young people did. I think it's so wrong to take such a great act of kindness that these children including your child performed and turn it into some racist thing. Just be proud of your child and the other children that did such a wonderful selfless thing to help our community instead of worrying about what race the innocent children were that volunteered to be interviewed. If everyone did that, then there would be no racism but until people quit saying white/black/hispanic/asian instead all of God's children then we will never be free of racism.
  • by Anonymous Location: greenville on Aug 5, 2010 at 02:43 PM
    I just want to say that this is great. I know a lot of people are participating in this. I am so amazed when people pull together and act as ONEBODY! I don't think that this article was meant to hurt anyone. I think it was to also show us what pulling together and acting on what we believe will do. I am sorry for anyone that was hurt by this article but i want you to know that greater things are still to be done in this city.
  • by Cindy Location: Elizabeth City on Aug 5, 2010 at 12:26 PM
    There seems to be some concern about who is potrayed in the video. I saw kids and young adults of every size, shape and color working together to help someone less fortunate out in their time of need. Isn't that what volunteering is all about. These young people could be doing many other things with there time that are alot less productive. I applaude their efforts and think this is a wonderful example of helping out your fellow man. "YOU KIDS ROCK"
  • by Jen Location: Greenville on Aug 5, 2010 at 11:37 AM
    Ugliness toward each other never wins. We could all take a lesson from all of the children and young adults participating in One Body. Unselfish actions speak far louder than words. Let's get out there and help somebody, anybody, unselfishly today. I'm in, are you?
  • by Liz Location: Greenville on Aug 5, 2010 at 10:13 AM
    Thank you so much Salli & tg! My sentiments exactly! My 14 year old daughter is also participating. The first comment posted last night really hurt her. Her comment to me was, "It is not a B/W thing, it's a God thing!" Thank you to ALL that helped put this together! LOVE WINS
  • by tg Location: Greenville on Aug 5, 2010 at 09:42 AM
    What these kids are doing is amazing! It's about reaching out and doing service work in the community and being part of our city to better it. This is a neighborhood that is need of people who care and want to make a difference! My son and sister are both participating in this and are loving it! I also want to thank ECU for their participation in helping this happen! Can we just celebrate what these kids are doing instead of making this another race issue? It would be nice to see everyone come out and celebrate in this neighborhood at the Block Party Saturday also! These kids rock!!!!!
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