Mud Oven Pizza's Brian Mayfield slices up a pie during an outing earlier this year. The Philomath Community Services open house celebration Sunday will feature free pizza and activities for the community. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Philomath Community Services plans to celebrate its volunteers and supporters during a special event from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Marys River Park and Natural Area, organizers announced.

The celebration is open to everyone in the community and will be taking place just up the road from the Philomath Farmers’ Market during the same four-hour stretch.

The event will feature free food, including slices from Mud Oven Pizza, a program of Bountiful Backyard. Activities include a craft booth, 50-50 raffle and a scavenger hunt with prizes. Strengthening Rural Families will be on hand to offer activities for kids of all ages.

Jean Goul, who sits on the PCS board of directors, said the idea to host an open house celebration for the community in part grew out of the organization’s 30th anniversary event held two years ago.

“It’s sort of a continuation of that because basically, we want to celebrate our volunteers,” Goul said. “We will have some recognition of some of the volunteers at this event but it’s also to make people aware of what we do.”

Philomath Community Services, established in 1991, provides essential social services through five programs — Philomath Food Bank, Philomath Community Gleaners, June’s Kids Kloset, Lupe’s Community Garden and Holiday Cheer.

“We’d like this to become an annual event,” Goul said. “But it depends on getting volunteers to help do this because it takes a lot of effort.”

For anyone unable to make it to the community celebration but has an interest in volunteering or donating, go online to the PCS website for information.

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