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1,500+ church volunteers helping community
Volunteers next Sunday will follow up on maintenance previous church groups have done along the Tidewater Bike path. - photo by Bulletin file photo
Instead of going to church next Sunday congregations from three Manteca houses of worship plus other volunteers are “Takin’ it to the Streets” as part of a Christian outreach to serve the community.

This year’s undertaking expanded on last year’s successful outreach event undertaken by Crossroads Grace Community Church to plant 300 trees along Moffat Boulevard among other projects. The event this year is dubbed 10-10-10 as it takes place on the tenth day of the tenth month of the 10th year of the century - Oct. 10, 2010

It will involve an estimated1,500 volunteers New Hope, Northgate Community, and Crossroads Grace Community churches plus individuals who have volunteered to help from the general community.

“We welcome anyone,” said Jim Todd, outreach minister at Crossroads Grace Community Church who is coordinating the event. “No one will really know who is from one church or another so anyone should feel comfortable helping.”

Todd noted in the past when his church has done its monthly 2nd Saturday community outreach projects that people passing by have mentioned they’d like to help but that they didn’t go to the church.

“We welcome anyone,” Todd said.

A website - has a list of specific projects and a release form that participants must fill out.

One of the projects is to help paint some of Manteca’s 1,600 fire hydrants.

“It (next Sunday’s effort) will be a huge help for the fire department,” said Fire Chief Kirk Waters.

Among the other projects being finalized for this year are weeding and barking the basins of more than 300 trees that were planted last year along Moffat Boulevard, trimming hedges along the Tidewater Bike Path, trimming landscaping beds and spreading bark at Woodward Park, reorganization of a clothing area at Haven of Peace, visiting three rest homes to interact with the elderly, assisting an elderly lady with removing of two trees near her foundation and splitting the wood, doing handiwork for several residents of the Coralwood Mobile Home Park, 15 teams  for street connecting with Gospel tracts, prayer teams, helping organize items at the HOPE Family Shelter, landscape work at the HOPE transitional housing units, painting eight interior rooms at HOPE’s Raymus House, gardening on the Shasta School grounds, preparing and serving lunch for 1,500 volunteers at Woodward Park, painting a kitchen and fence for a French Camp elderly couple, helping an elderly widow with home maintenance, sorting and cleaning at the Second Harvest Food Bank, and a county road clean-up.