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August 12, 2011 > Neighborhood Appreciation Day

Neighborhood Appreciation Day

Submitted By Lois Paula Benavidez Verzosa

Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) or Church of Christ, one of the fastest growing international Christian organizations, will thank residents of Alameda County on Saturday, August 13 for their continuous support and hospitality throughout its growth, at its inaugural Neighborhood Appreciation Day hosted at Noll Park in Fremont.

Hundreds of community members are expected to receive FREE services for everyday living sponsored by the Iglesia ni Cristo, including a health fair with screenings and consultations, disease prevention and wellness education; family studio portraits; clothing drive (gently used items collected and given away); sports mentoring; technical seminars on computer hardware and software; career and job placement counseling; children's games, prizes and crafts; food and live entertainment; and guided tours to welcome residents to the chapel in Fremont.

The day of service is part of the INC Giving Project, the organization's newly launched philanthropic program to help families and communities during challenging economic times, leveraging the skills and expertise of Church members to implement positive solutions and offer services for the basic needs of their neighbors.

"The services we're offering our neighbors are strategically aligned with the needs of the region to ensure we're providing children and families everyday resources not often supplied free of cost." said Joselino Castillones, Iglesia ni Cristo District Minister of Northern California. "More nonprofits are unfortunately closing their doors with the downturn of the economy, but even after nearly 100 years, the INC is still growing internationally; it's our way of saying thank you to our neighbors and opening our doors to those who've welcomed us on their street every week for the last 28 years."

Nonprofits and faith-based organizations have long helped fill the gap between those in need and what the government provides in benefits and social services, but the increased cut of state programs and the impact of the recession is widening the gap. Cuts to social service programs mean charitable groups and faith-based organizations are expected to service more people with even greater needs.

"We don't want to just say thank you to our neighbors, we want to show them our appreciation," said Castillones. "Our members are taking a multi-service approach to addressing the issues facing residents of the area while setting the tone for future initiatives that support family and neighborhood development."

The mission of the INC Giving Project is to extend the presence of the Iglesia ni Cristo members to its community partners by supporting their efforts to provide solutions to help families succeed and achieve. Neighborhood Appreciation Day in Fremont is part of a global initiative to share faith through acts of kindness by meeting people's everyday needs, engaging thousands of members in supporting local neighborhoods and strengthening the bond with their communities.

For more information on the Neighborhood Appreciation Day or upcoming INC Giving projects in the region, call (925) 570-9977 or email The Fremont local congregation house of worship is located at39700 Logan Drive.

Neighborhood Appreciation Day
Saturday, August 13
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Noll Park
39700 Logan Dr., Fremont
(925) 570-9977

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