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Mormon Helping Hands volunteer effort enhances 13 city parks in Ripon
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Mormon Helping Hands volunteers are shown working at a Ripon city park last Saturday.
RIPON — Over one hundred Mormon volunteers wearing yellow vests converged on Ripon city parks to give them a much needed facelift last Saturday.

The city welcomed this volunteer effort due to recent budget cutbacks in their park maintenance program.  The City Council proclaimed May 8, 2010 as “Mormon Helping Hands Day”.
Volunteers consisted of families from the Ripon Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ranging in ages from two years to ninety one.  An estimated 250 hours of service was provided on that day.

Thirteen city parks were the target of this volunteer effort.  A fresh covering of wood chips were distributed in the playground areas, and the shade structure at Vermeulen Park was repainted.  

Mormon Helping Hands is a significant international volunteer program sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which provides community assistance and disaster relief throughout the world, most recently in Chile and Haiti.

This local effort was part of a statewide event sponsored by Mormon Helping Hands where approximately 75,000 Californians joined together to renew, clean, and beautify parks.  Church leaders recognize that parks are an essential component in the community which enhances health, well-being and quality of life.