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1,500 plus taking it to the streets
A volunteer during last years Taking it to the Streets volunteer day is shown working on cleaning up the Tidewater Bikeway. - photo by HIME ROMERO

A small army of more than 1,500 Christian volunteers are expected to hit the streets in Manteca on Sunday, Oct. 9, to spread everything from The Word to bark at five park playgrounds.

Plans call for 400 of those volunteers to go door-to-door in Manteca to collect canned food donations that people leave on their porches to help feed the needy.

It is part of the third annual “Taking it to the Streets” community outreach that now involves churches of different denominations as well as volunteers from other segments of the Manteca-Ripon community.

Project coordinator and Crossroads Grace outreach pastor Jim Todd has noted the goal is to serve people as Jesus served.

Typically, participants will spend 2.5 hours doing such task of sharing The Word, visiting people in convalescent hospitals, and handiwork landscape work for elderly or disabled individuals, helping organize non-profit inventories such as at the food bank and even grilling hamburgers to feed the homeless at Library Park. They also will have volunteers spray painting fire hydrants, work on improvement projects at the HOPE homeless shelters, spreading bark at five playgrounds in city parks around Manteca, spruce of the parking lot landscaping at Woodward Park, and work on landscaping along the Tidewater Bikeway.

In Ripon, volunteers are needed to clean up graffiti and to help beautify the Ripon bike trail. Help is also needed at Assist International Warehouse.

Taking it to the Streets is an outgrowth of the church’s Second Saturday community service day that also enlists volunteers from within the church and the community to work side by side helping improve Manteca.

A complete list of projects plus information on how to help is available by going to