Saturday June 22 marked Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services’ (SFBFS) 6th annual Fun in the Sun fair at the Saca Community Learning Center (CLC). SFBFS’ Fun in the Sun event is a unique resource fair which offers games and activities for youngsters, information about valuable free community services, group yoga, a live band and a delicious barbecue to all its visitors.
The day kicked-off bright and early at 8:30am with the help of Accenture who provided a fabulous volunteer staff of 14 who assisted with setting-up the event, supervising games and activities for the children and distributing free gifts to the visitors. In addition, 15 loyal SFBFS volunteers made it out for some Fun in the Sun as well helping prepare food, setting-up tents for vendors and serving snow cones.
Adult visitors to the event gathered resources from a variety of local agencies such as the North Sacramento Family Resource Center, La Familia, WEAVE, SMUD, Sacramento City College and Health Net while children enjoyed face painting, a bounce house, snow cones, and soaking brave volunteers in the dunk tank. Before leaving, each family was sure to grab a scrumptious hotdog for lunch courtesy of volunteer grill master, Marshall Graves.
“It was great to help out at,” said Matthew Pruitt, AmeriCorps VISTA at SFBFS. “While I was taking a break, I experienced one of the most touching things- A young father was carrying his son as they left the event. His tot had an ear-to-ear to grin on his face while he enjoyed a blue snow cone. The two walked past me and after taking about five steps, the father turned around noticing my SFBFS name badge and said ‘I just want to say thank you for everything [SFBFS] does. [The Saca CLC] has helped us so much and it’s so great what you’re doing for the kids in this community.’ The young man set his materials down, shook my hand and he and his son continued down the street.”
The afternoon wrapped-up with a grand total of 550 visitors and 30 local agencies making an appearance. Accenture’s wonderful volunteer staff came to the rescue yet again, breaking-down the event in the blazing sunshine with a 95 degree temperature to boot.
A big thank-you goes to Accenture and everyone who made it out last Saturday. Fun in the Sun was a huge hit in the North Sacramento area for the sixth year in a row.