ECTOR — Oct. 19 will be Ector’s second Great Days of Service event, bringing volunteers together for community service. Last year, 76 individuals volunteered to help with clean-up, a food drive, car clinic, and placing numbers on unmarked houses for safety in 9-1-1 emergency situations. Collected canned goods went to the Ector ISD to help with its Thanksgiving food drive. Twelve businesses also joined in the efforts.

ECTOR — Oct. 19 will be Ector’s second Great Days of Service event, bringing volunteers together for community service. Last year, 76 individuals volunteered to help with clean-up, a food drive, car clinic, and placing numbers on unmarked houses for safety in 9-1-1 emergency situations. Collected canned goods went to the Ector ISD to help with its Thanksgiving food drive. Twelve businesses also joined in the efforts.


Recent surveys have been performed to ask city residents what they see as important actions to improve life for Ector’s residents.


On Aug. 27 representatives from local churches and the city met to finalize plans and projects for 2013. This year’s projects will again include: area clean-ups, a food drive to benefit EISD and an aluminum can drive — the proceeds of which will help fund playground equipment for a planned park in the community. A car clinic will again offer free services including changing of oil, filters, spark plugs, brake shoes and belts. Those who use a special brand of oil or are able to pay for the oil supplied by volunteers will be asked to do so. All services are free, as well as oil, for those unable to pay for the materials.


Volunteers will also be exploring on-going acts of service. Those include: helping residents get to the doctor or pharmacy; pick-up and delivery of food or prescriptions for minimal cost; recycling in the community; a community trunk or treat for children; a community-wide Thanksgiving service in November; and a community Christmas parade on Dec. 14.


Proceeds from any activities that raise funds will be used for the planned park’s playground equipment.


Forms for GDS – whether to register as a volunteer or sign-up someone for any of the planned services — are be available at Ector City Hall. Volunteers will work from 8 a.m. to noon on Oct. 19 and will meet at the Ector Fire Station at the start of the day.


Volunteers are asked to wear a blue T-shirts, if possible. For information, or to register, call Dee Morton at 888-311-8508.