only one and a half years under their belt, McFarland PRIDE has made
several significant contributions to the community. One of their first
orders of business was to hold several fundraisers to be able to start
projects in the community.
A bake sale was held on Mother’s Day week-end in 2009 and again
in 2010. It proved to be very successful and mom’s appreciated
having the home baked goods available during the busy holiday week-end.
Fourth of July fireworks have been a tradition in McFarland, but in
2009 it was in danger of being dropped. PRIDE was asked if they would
be willing to take over the event and they agreed. With assistance from
previous volunteers, they solicited donations and set-up a fireworks
display. This year they also offer concessions in the park and homemade
ice cream for a free will donation.
Funds raised have been used to purchase Christmas flags to line Main
Street. In 2009, they were able to purchase ten flags and it is hoped
to be able to do the same again this year. The flags are enjoyed by
residents as well as their families when they come home for the
In the spring of 2010 a community assessment was conducted. One of the
priorities identified was community clean-up and beautification. In
response to the need, PRIDE has painted the fence in the park and
planted flowers. They have also painted the historical barber shop and
performed trash pick-up along K-185 to I-70.
For future projects, the old Post Office needs renovation and several
houses need sprucing up. McFarland PRIDE plans to assist with the Post
Office renovation and will work with families to paint or clean-up
housing as requested.
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