MIAMI COUNTY — With Miami County’s next Hope Over Heroin event coming up this summer, the Piqua Association of Churches (PAC) is encouraging people to get involved in volunteering for the cause.
This year’s Hope Over Heroin event will be held at Mote Park, 635 Gordon St. in Piqua, on Aug. 11-12. Activities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 11, with a prayer march and memorial. Then there will be an event at 7 p.m. that will feature free food, live music, and stories of deliverance. There will be a similar event held on Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. that will also feature free food, live music, and stories of deliverance.
PAC President Paul Green explained that, to make all this possible, sub-committees have been established to oversee different aspects of the event. Volunteers are being sought to help with:
• Altar workers: Volunteers are needed to pray and assist during the altar call part of the service and other prayer events. A baptism pool is also available on site. This will be overseen by Josh Haas. Other prayer events are being overseen by Amy Simmons.
• Church Recruitment: Volunteers are needed to go out and encourage area churches to get involved and help in any means possible. Church recruitment will be overseen by Rachel Decker.
• Food and Beverages: Volunteers are being sought to help make and supply the hot dog meals, which will be overseen by the Piqua Nazarene Church and volunteers.
• Fundraising: People are needed to solicit resources and funds, which will be overseen by Pale Christine of the First Baptist Church.
• Hospitality: People are needed to help make meals for the weekend. The event needs churches to make meals and volunteer to take them to homes, which will be overseen by Amanda McGowen.
• Marketing and PR: Help advertise the event through flyers, banners, and other advertising is being encouraged, which will be overseen by Craig Alrend.
• Post Event: They are seeking churches to follow up to individual involvement of the event as well as baptismal cards.
• Prayer/Marching: Volunteers are sought to march a designated path carrying signs in behalf of their loved ones, which will be overseen by Bob Bell.
• Venue and logistics: Volunteers are also needed to help set up and clean up the event.
“Your involvement and commitment is vital, even to the point that we need to get our youth involved. Youth helping youth. We need to blanket this city with our presences,” Green said.
According to Green, last year’s event had over 400 volunteers and 4,000 participants, which he hopes to see increase even more.
For more information, visit hopeoverheroin.com and click on the Miami County tab, or go straight to hopeoverheroin.com/miami-county-oh/. To get involved in Hope Over Heroin, visit hopeoverheroin.com/get-involved/.
Reach Sam Wildow at firstname.lastname@example.org or (937) 451-3336