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Pacers step up to serve at Good Neighbor Center, Rolling Hills and Hunger Fighters

COURTESY PHOTO LAKERIDGE LACROSSE - Members of the Lakeridge boys lacrosse team pose outside the Good Neighbor Center in Tigard after dropping off collected donations to families experiencing homelessness.The Lakeridge boys lacrosse team has long been known as one of Oregon's best.

As it turns out, the Pacers are pretty good people, too.

The Lakeridge boys lacrosse team showed as much at three events which are part of its increased commitment to volunteer service and its determination to make a positive impact within the community.

First, the Pacers collected food, toilet paper, paper towels, blankets, sheets, clothing and monetary donations for Tigard's Good Neighbor Center in October. Some of the Lakeridge players then delivered the donations to the GNC.

The Good Neighbor Center helps families experiencing homeless (or those at-risk) become more stable and transition into permanent housing. The GNC is a 36-bed facility serving up to nine families at a time. Each family has a private room where it can stay for up to six weeks. Families are provided three meals a day and the Good Neighbor Center is open year-round. The GNC is supported by volunteers, donations, grants and various government funding programs, with individual donations making up 15% of its budget revenue.

"We feel there is such value in taking the time to volunteer and hope these experiences carry on into their adult lives," said Lakeridge team parent and philanthropy volunteer Natalie Williams.

The Pacers' second event saw the team prepare, serve and clean up after meals at Rolling Hills Community Church in Tualatin during the week of Thanksgiving. Hope's Table at RHCC provides free meals for individuals and families that are homeless or at risk of being homeless. Many guests also visit the church's food pantry and medical clinic.

"We had an amazing turnout and were acknowledged for having the largest volunteer group," Williams said.

And at its most recent event on Jan. 25, more than 20 Lakeridge players volunteered to help at the Hunger Fighters Oregon food pantry in Lake Oswego. The Pacers helped organize canned food donations, sorted them by expiration date and delivered them to the food pantry.

Hunger Fighters Oregon is a local food pantry that serves Lake Oswego School District students and employees in ZIP Codes 97034 and 97035.

The Lakeridge boys lacrosse team is aiming to organize a couple more events this year and also looks forward to carrying its service into next school year.

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