Katy ServeFest 2006

Compassion Katy Organizes Katy ServeFest to Help Faith West Academy

Katy, Texas (July 27, 2006) Compassion Katy was launched during Katrina to serve as a portal for volunteers into the community.  Since that time, it has helped over 1,500 Katrina evacuees, facilitated by hundreds of volunteers.  “We are getting the word out in the community that we are a resource that can make things happen and there are needs daily”, says Diane Walker, Executive Director. “It is amazing to see people show up and find out about the many projects we are working on.”  To date, Compassion Katy, A Ministry The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch has helped Katy Christian Ministries, Breath of Life Children’s clinic, Katy Home Savers the YMCA, The Krause Center and Pregnancy Help Center.

The first Annual Katy ServeFest was launched 7/22 where over 30 community volunteers descended on Faith West Academy to paint an entire wing of the school’s campus.  According to Steve Nordlander, the construction organizer, “The value to the school was in excess of $7,500 and meant 32 gallons of paint were used to apply a new look to the interior of the school.  We even rebuilt a wall that was in need of repair,” he said.

The headmaster, Raul Hinojosa, walked through and saw all the work that had been completed and was amazed by the community support.  To see a video montage of the event, log onto http://www.compassionkaty.org

The work is not over.  Phase II of the project starts Saturday, August 5th at 8:00 am at Faith West Academy.   Anyone is welcome to sign up and participate at Compasssionkaty.org.

Area churches are partnering to provide campus wide assistance to help Faith West Academy get ready for school.  “We will be doing everything from carpentry, painting, and landscaping, to a food drive benefiting Katy Christian Ministries,” says Diane. “We chose Faith West Academy and they agreed to accept our support, because so many community active parents are so connected to the school,” says Diane.  The bigger picture is that Compassion Katy was chosen to be a supporter of CityFest Houston coming in October (www.cityfesthouston.com).  “We are so excited to play an active role in the community and are looking forward to serve our community with the help of local churches and volunteers that make good things happen for people in need,” says Diane.

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