Big day for community service

Big day for community service

This weekend, more than 1,500 volunteers from more than 20 organizations will spread out to eight local parks, churches and service agencies to engage in community service projects organized by the Huntington Beach Interfaith Council.

Dubbed the Community Service Day, the events are an outgrowth of a service day originated by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints called Mormon Helping Hands. Now in its third year under the auspices of the Interfaith Council, which has added an event on Sunday, the event is bigger than ever.

“We should have at least (1,500 volunteers). There are more coming in every day,” said Jynene Johnson, who is chairing the event.

Across Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley, volunteers will be planting trees, landscaping and providing services to the homeless or disabled.

This year, the Community Service Day is also changing its focus a little. Rather than a wide array of smaller projects with 10 to 20 volunteers, several larger efforts became the focus.

“We’ve evolved to do work with the cities to benefit larger projects,” Johnson said.

At Bartlett Park and Mile Square Park, about 250 or more volunteers are expected at each venue.

Bartlett Park, one of two undeveloped parks in Huntington Beach, has been earmarked for improvements to make it more accessible. On Saturday, volunteers will lay down timbers and pull weeds along recently graded paths.

“(The city) brings the materials and we supply the manpower,” Johnson said.

Not all the work is outdoors.

The Welcome Home Ministry of Fountain Valley United Methodist Church has regularly served meals and offered laundry services and hair cuts to the homeless.

That will happen again Saturday, when a phalanx of providers will be on hand providing everything from clothing to health, veterans’ and employment services.

“We just expand on (the regular services,),” said project leader Penelope Nichols.

To see a list of projects, go to, choose

advance search and enter the keyword cs2016.

Source: Orange County Register

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