For those that aren’t able to make OIMG’s December retreat, on Saturday, December 6, 2014 OIMG has an opportunity to work with our friends at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando during their upcoming volunteer day at the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Second Harvest provides tremendous community support. Join us as we work together to sort food for local people in need. Children over 10 are welcomed with adult supervision. Closed toe shoes are mandatory. Here are the details:
Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014 Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Location: Second Harvest Food Bank Address: 411 Mercy Drive, Orlando FL 32805 (corner of Mercy Drive & Old Winter Garden Rd)
Second Harvest has a new process for registering volunteers for these events. Please follow these instructions:
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