Plymouth Nonprofit Interfaith Outreach Celebrates 40 Years
Plymouth nonprofit Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners (IOCP) celebrates 40 years on Saturday. The organization provides a broad range of services to help people during times of crisis, whether it’s food, housing, child care or job assistance.
Those at IOCP say the 40th anniversary speaks to the community and its ability to help others overcome barriers.
“From the very beginning the vision that led us was that this is a community that knows how to work across sectors and systems to make sure everybody gets a chance to be all they can be,” said LaDonna Hoy, executive director of IOCP.
Hoy has been at IOCP since the very beginning. She founded the organization, which now relies on more than 2,000 volunteers every year.
Planning a Celebration
Seventy-five volunteers helped make Saturday’s celebration happen. Valeta Moore helped plan the event.
“I think Interfaith has done an excellent job of being a staple in the community of giving and serving others and providing for others when they don’t have another outlet,” said Moore. “It was just instrumental for me to be able to provide that back to help Interfaith plan a celebration for all the things they’ve done over the last 40 years.”
Officials at Interfaith outreach says the community can expect a little something for everyone.
“We have entertainment that represents our diverse community,” said Liz Erstad-Hicks, community engagement director at IOCP. “We have dancers and singers. We’re going to have a bouncy house for kids, face painting, henna painting, lots of delicious food, sambusas, pierogis, chips and salsa, pizza, little bit of everything for the community.”
The celebration is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at IOCP. The event is free.