Volunteers clock 3,000 hours of community service in three days


PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — Panama City Beach officials say a group of more than 800 volunteers gave their time and talents all over Bay County this week as part of the fifth annual Serve the City with Xtreme Summer Conference.

The volunteers are from a Youth for America group based in Chattanooga, Tennessee and consisted mostly of middle and high school students from more than a dozen states across the country.

The group put in more than 3,000 volunteer hours over three days in multiple locations and concluded Thursday, June 13.

In Panama City Beach, groups picked up trash on eight miles of beach, including at the Russell-Fields City Pier, M.B. Miller County Pier and along Thomas Drive, and on about one mile of Gayle’s Trails.

A group from Ohio also served in the efforts. Youth ages 12 to 19 from Victoria Christian Church in Kettering, Ohio, said they found the experience rewarding.

They said they felt they were making a difference and said they felt appreciated as many beachgoers thanked them for their efforts.

Groups also worked at several area schools including Arnold High School and West Bay Elementary and with numerous community organizations including the Panama City Beach Senior Center, and two local churches.

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