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550 pitch in to help with projects
Love Manteca volunteers, from left, Ana Yerena, Julie Adams, Barbara Knutsen, and Sandi Gonzalves clean the drainage area of the park along the Tidewater Bikeway and Moffat Boulevard. - photo by HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

Jim Todd is impressed.

As one of the organizers of the second annual Love Manteca event, there were 461 people who signed in to spend Saturday morning on various projects to enhance the community.

But in driving around town to check on the various projects, he noticed upwards of 100 more people simply joined in at various sites when they saw their neighbors volunteering.

Altogether, Todd figures at least 550 people stepped up to show their love for Manteca by volunteering.

Todd said every project at various playgrounds at Tesoro, Terra Bella, Mayors, St Francis and William Martin parks as well as along the Tidewater Bikeway were finished early thanks to the turnout.

“I met people from all sorts of points of entry within Manteca, jumping in, after reading about it in the Manteca Bulletin or seeing the signs around town,” Todd said.

He reported that a lot of canned and non-perishable foods went to Bread of Life and Cornerstone food distribution ministries.  Todd also said the East Union Cemetery was “crawling with willing volunteers.”

Todd added that Hope Shelter Ministries completed multiple projects thanks to the volunteers. 

Registered volunteers received “I Love Manteca” shirts. Organizers still have many sizes available for $5 You can email to order.