Many of us want to make a difference in this world. We want to leave a legacy of impact behind. One way we can make a difference is to work together to love and serve our community. There are a variety of ways we can work together to leave a lasting impact on our community.

Throughout the month of April, Chase Oaks Legacy Campus has been making a difference in the community by making meals for those in need, serving the local schools, and cleaning up the City of Plano. But there is still more work to be done to meet the needs of the community.

Over the next week, the Legacy Campus will focus on making a difference by making Plano beautiful again and by meeting the needs of local organizations.

Great American CleanupHelp the Environment

A great way to help make a difference in our community is to do our part in taking care of our environment. Taking care of our environment will give us and our children a healthy place to live. But it will also help all people in our community be proud of where they live.

300 Chase Oakers were among the 2,500 volunteers that registered to clean up the city. They collected trash bags of litter and brought it back to the Legacy Campus. After collecting the city’s trash, Chase Oaks hosted the after-party. 2,000 volunteers attended the celebration with vendors such as In-N-Out Burger.

It was great to see so many volunteers come together to make a difference in Plano and to celebrate their impact. If you missed out on this opportunity, there are other ways for you to help make the City of Plano beautiful.

Serve the City

One way the Legacy Campus serves the City of Plano is by participating in Love Where You Live. It is a program that algo-love-where-you-livedesignates certain neighborhoods in Plano as areas that have great needs. The program puts together service projects for these neighborhoods that allow volunteers to make a difference by showing love and compassion for those struggling to upkeep their homes. It is a great program that allows people to build relationships with others outside of their neighborhoods.

According to the City of Plano’s website, “Love Where You Live events empower communities by demonstrating that acts of kindness bring people together, thus strengthening the community. It provides a vehicle for people to demonstrate compassion and kindness on a broad and collective basis. The effort builds bridges between demographic, socioeconomic, ideological, religious and geographic barriers, resulting in community transformation.” 

serve the communityTo take part in this community transformation, on Saturday, April 28, the Legacy Campus will be sending volunteers to the Village Creek Neighborhood in East Plano. The volunteers will work together to complete service projects that will help remedy code violations for struggling families. Some of the projects include removing debris and trash, painting the exterior of homes, and repairing exterior structures (e.g., sheds, siding, and trim).

Following the service projects, there will be a block party to celebrate the City of Plano’s neighborhoods. Aside from needing volunteers for the service projects, Love Where You Live also needs volunteers to help run games during the block party. The celebration will take place from 12:30-2:30 p.m. If you have any questions or you would like to sign up to be a game host, contact Senior Neighborhood Planner Kala Krishnan at 972.208.8150 or at .

If you have any questions about the Love Where You Live service projects, contact Jim McGuire at . If you would like to adopt a service project, visit Love Where You Live Project Adoption.

Partner with Local Organizations

dna-icons-not-alone-smlChase Oaks partners with many local organizations to make a difference in our community. One of our DNA statements is “We Don’t Go It Alone.” This statement simply means we go through life in community by doing life together in groups and ministry in teams. We also serve our community in partnership with others. We serve with others because we believe this is the best way to impact our community.

One of the Legacy Campus’ local partners is My Possibilities. My Possibilities is a non-profit organization based in Plano that provides vocational education for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is an My Possibilitiesorganization that is making a difference in the lives of adults with disabilities and their families.

On Saturday, April 28, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., the Legacy Campus will provide volunteers to help My Possibilities move facilities. The Legacy Campus needs volunteers to help with the garage sale, load and unload trucks, arrange the new rooms in the new facility, and serve volunteers lunch.

If you need more information, contact Jenny Rogers at or Andrew Bouma at . To sign up for this project, visit My Possibilities Day.

Invite a Few Friends

Volunteering our time to impact our community can help make our community a better place. But another way we serve can impact our community is to invite people to serve with us. We can invite family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. We can do service projects with LifeGroups or other small groups of which we are a part. Think of the difference we can make if we come together to serve our community.

Whether you consider yourself a Chase Oaker or you are just hearing about us for the first time, we would love to invite you and your family and friends to join us in making a difference in our community. Even if you have children, we have you covered. Older children can serve alongside you and learn the value of service early. But if you have small children, you may need childcare. If you need childcare for the younger ones, the Legacy Campus is offering free childcare on Saturday, April 28, from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. To register for childcare, visit Legacy Make a Difference 2gether Childcare.

Throughout the year, stay tuned to our Facebook page and blog to find more opportunities to make a difference. To find out more about the different projects going on in the communities around us for the month of April, visit Make a Difference 2gether Legacy Campus.