Whether it has been sorting dried and canned goods or packing vegetables, the Up with People Advance Team has been busy helping to make a difference in Fort Myers.
“Up with People is very community service-oriented and while the advance team is setting up the town for the arrival of 120 international students, we are still doing service ourselves,” said Lorna Murphy, Up with People promotion representative and member of the advance team. “Giving back is part of what we like to do. I feel like we’re here to make a difference and that starts now.”
Up with People, a global not-for-profit education organization aiming to bring the world together through service and music, is sending its cast to Fort Myers in February as part of its 2013 tour. 120 international students representing 20 countries are participating in Up with People’s international global education program for young adults and are scheduled to arrive in Fort Myers on February 11.
The three members of the Up with People advance team have been in Fort Myers planning for the arrival of the organization’s cast. In between the team’s work and preparations it has made time to volunteer at the Harry Chapin Food Bank.
“We love helping out,” said Murphy, while sorting food at the Harry Chapin Food Bank. “It’s a lot of fun because while we are helping out physically, we are also learning about these organizations and what they do in the community. It feels really good to be a part of it all.”
The Harry Chapin Food Bank is one of the beneficiaries of Up with People’s show, Voices. The two-hour musical performance will take place at North Fort Myers High School on February 17th at 2:00 and 6:00 p.m. Local sponsors CLK Festivities, LCEC, Galloway Ford, and Broadway Palm Theatre are bringing Up with People to Fort Myers to make a difference in the community and leave a positive impact through countless hours of volunteer work and a feel-good show that is sure to stay in the memory of Fort Myers for years to come.
The media sponsors for the event are Renda Broadcasting, Waterman Broadcasting, and the News-Press Media Group.
The advance team in Fort Myers, comprised of Isabel Belliard, Lorna Murphy and Jolien Roelandt, is recruiting host families for the 120 international volunteers from February 11-18th. If you are interested in bringing the world into your home and sharing cultures, contact Lorna at 303.681.1295 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets for the show, Voices, are available online at upwithpeople.org/fortmyers! or through the Alliance for the Arts.