Time to roll up your sleeves and experience the joy of volunteerism.
The annual Community Service Day, sponsored by the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council, is set for Saturday, April 21, and volunteers are needed.
Fourteen different teams of volunteers are lining up to pamper the homeless, help the underserved, beautify local parks, save the wetlands, serve needy homeowners, package food and put together needed items.
Last year’s service day brought out nearly 1,000 volunteers in the Fountain Valley-Huntington Beach community. This year, congregations, civic groups and businesses throughout Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley are bringing friends and neighbors together to serve.
“Serving in our community brings everyone together for a common good and builds relationships. When a community is united then we fortify families and individuals,” said Jynene Johnson, board member of the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council. “We have great service organizations, schools, churches and clubs that all need volunteers.”
To sign up to volunteer, go to www.ghbic.org and click on “sign up here.” There are links to each project in Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley. Check out the details and click the ”volunteer” button.
If you can’t make it on the Community Service Day you can also donate to the projects at www.ghbic.org.
For more information go to www.justserve.org.
Here are some details on each project:
HB Central Park: (9 a.m. to noon), 250 volunteers needed at two different locations.
Friends Helping Friends: (9 a.m. to noon), at Surf City Methodist Church, 2721 Delaware St., Huntington Beach. Many services offered for the underserved. Twenty volunteers needed to distribute and assist.
Rise Against Hunger: (9 a.m. to noon), at Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church. Food packets assembled to distribute to hungry children. Donations of 29 cents a meal needed as well as volunteers to assemble the packets. 100 volunteers needed.
FV Sports Park: (8 a.m. to noon), 16400 Brookhurst St., near the Recreation Center. Tree ground cover planting and mulching. 250 volunteers and tools needed.
Hearts and Hands: (9 a.m. to noon), at LDS church, 19191 17 St. HB. Nine different handwork projects for all ages and abilities. 150 volunteers needed.
HB Youth Shelter: (9 a.m. to noon) at 7291 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach. Landscaping, painting, cleaning and organizing projects for 40 volunteers.
Welcome Home: (6 a.m. to noon), at The Fount Church 18225 Bushard St., Fountain Valley. Serving the homeless with breakfast, haircuts, clothes and needed services. 40 adult volunteers needed.
Handy Helpers: Ten to 50 volunteers needed per site. Serving homes the city has designated needing improvements for at-risk residents.