'Voices Together' concert to raise money for cold-weather bedding
By ADAM RUDNICK
Arlington Times Reporter
September 23, 2009 · 2:19 PM
ARLINGTON — With winter weather on the horizon, local churches are looking to help those who may not have a warm place to sleep.
A collaboration of volunteers will be hosting "Voices Together," a concert featuring area church choirs, musicians and performers, at 2 p.m., Oct. 4, at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center at Arlington High School.
Proceeds from the concert will go toward purchasing emergency cold weather bedding for area residents who do not have a place to stay, said Virginia Hatch, event organizer.
"There are currently no shelters in Marysville or Arlington — you have to go to Everett," Hatch said. "The Arlington Rotary Club purchased a trailer, and funds from this (concert) will go toward buying bedding within the trailer."
Hatch said many local churches provide emergency winter shelter to area residents on a rotating basis, Hatch said. When the temperature reaches a certain level, the city will bring supplies and bedding to a particular church under the current system.
The idea for the event came out of a task force set up by Deena Jones, Pastor at the Arlington United Church, to respond to an increasing demand on area organizations such as the Arlington Community Food Bank.
A number of churches are now involved, Hatch said.
"We've had a really good response," she said.
Choirs from seven churches will be performing in the concert, Hatch said.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children.
For more information, contact Hatch at 360-403-1011.Contact Arlington Times Reporter Adam Rudnick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-659-1300 Ext. 5056.