Helping hands sought for volunteer Day of Service

Hundreds of helping hands are being sought for dozens of volunteer projects planned Saturday throughout Redlands for the annual Day of Service.

The event, now in its sixth year, is an effort between the City of Redlands, the Redlands Service Club Council and Mormon Helping Hands and brings thousands together for beautification efforts throughout the city.

This year, volunteer efforts will even stretch to Highland for community projects.

Although more than 1,000 volunteers are expected for the April 27 Volunteer Day of Service event, dozens more helping hands are needed, organizers said.

Along the two-mile stretch of Redlands Boulevard, volunteers are needed to help clear and replace plants in the median, plant trees, mulch the median and shoulders and pick up trash.

Additional volunteers are needed to spread out weeding, planting, mulching, painting and repairing at Heritage Park on Orange Avenue, between Nevada and Iowa streets, the site of last year’s massive volunteer effort; Israel Beal Park, on River View Drive, south of the Santa Ana River Wash and west of Orange Street; and Highland Community Park in Highland.

At Israel Beal Park volunteers are sought to help remove weeds and tree stumps and replant areas of the park.

At Highland Community Park volunteers will replace the baseball infield, repair and repaint backstops and repair trash receptacles.

At Heritage Park, volunteers have already begun working on irrigation in preparation for Saturday’s efforts, which will add concrete borders and decomposed granite in picnic areas and lay 20,000 square feet of sod, according to a news release.

Most work projects will begin at 8 a.m. and a free lunch at noon will be provided to all volunteers at each work site by the Kiwanis Club of Redlands.

Last year’s service day brought more than 90 unique organizations together to help with community projects, which also included restorations at the Asistencia and the Barton School House.

The Redlands Service Club Council was formed in 2008 to offer assistance to the City of Redlands through cooperative work projects and capital improvements. Working with the City’s Quality of Life Department, the Service Club Council has also made renovations to Sylvan and Prospect parks, the Redlands Bowl, landscaping the Redlands Boulevard median.

To volunteer in this year’s Helping Hands Community Day of Service visit www.redlandsservice.org or call Volunteer Services Coordinator Elizabeth Marin at 909-798-7540. Volunteers are asked to bring their own gloves.

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