LANARK — After two successful years of helping people in their own backyard, and receiving state-wide recognition, the Lanark First Brethren Church and City of Lanark volunteers are ready to do it again.

They need your help by suggesting people and projects that may need assistance for Workation 2018, to be held June 4 to 9.

“That week has been proclaimed as the first official Lanark Community Service Week by the Lanark City Council, the week of Workation 2018,” said Floyd Roberts, a member of the Lanark Brethren Church that conceived of the project in 2015.

“It’s also an invitation to other community service groups to host their own member projects to expand more participation in the local program.”

Roberts said Workation 2016 was entered in the 40-year-old Governor’s contest, and was selected from the small community category.

“Only 14 communities were selected as Hometown Project Award winners throughout the entire state. It is a first-time recognition for Lanark,” said Roberts.

In March, a sign acknowledging Lanark as one of 14 Project Winners of the 2017 Governor’s Hometown Award was permanently set on the south wall of the Lanark Municipal Building.

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Workation developed from the church’s trips to Alaska with Eaglecrest Alaska Mission, and has evolved to be the single largest Community Service project in the church’s +140 year existence, and is now recognized at the state level.

Roberts said the first Workation 2016 program ran for a full week in June, with 30 people volunteering 930 hours of work and completed more than 30 different projects, including mowing, trimming, minor painting, window and house cleaning, porch repair and raking, revitalizing the Lanark City Park, weeding, and revitalizing flower beds and gardens.

During last year’s Workation, a few new workers were added, coming from six of the seven community congregations. One third of the volunteers were unemployed high school students that kept coming back daily to help more people. It is estimated that more than 200 lives were touched completing 52 projects, and was just shy of 1100 hours volunteered.

For more information, contact Floyd Roberts at 815-493-2262, or

315 E. Locust St. in Lanark; or call the church and leave a message at 815-493-2390.


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