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Volunteers sought for community projects Saturday
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Love Ripon is celebrating 10 years on Saturday with volunteers of all ages and abilities being welcomed to help out with the various projects.

Love Ripon is celebrating 10 years of giving to the community.

This annual volunteer day will take place Saturday, kicking off with an 8:15 a.m. rally in front of the Ripon Community Center, 334 Fourth St.

According to organizers, the Clarence Smit Museum project along with the local schools are in need of volunteers – each have differing abilities and passions to offer for these various projects,

People of all ages, physical abilities, and experiences can offer their services, according to those at Love Ripon.

Last year, they had over 550 volunteers gathered together to take on projects around town. Included were graffiti removal from the bridge, cleaning up trash at the river, painting over 100 fire hydrants, beautifying six schools (painting and planting), spreading bark at city parks, and painting a house for a family in need, just to name a few.

Other projects include the Animal Shelter Gravel Project, Downtown Parking Space Identification, and the Garden Joy, to name a few.

Donations, in addition, are greatly appreciated.

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Love Manteca

Love Manteca 2024 will also be held on Saturday.

“This year, Love Manteca is focusing on our citizens,” said organizer Glo Fuentes-Swift, who is the Tag Director at Crossroads Grace Church. “There are so many people and families in our community that need our help in these tough times and I think we can make a huge impact.”

Several churches will come together to assist “five to 10 houses that need help caring for, from landscaping to simple repairs – that would mean a lot to the home owners,” added Fuentes-Swift.

Love Manteca is looking to help seniors at a mobile home park, including one that’s recently widowed.

This year’s to-do list consisted of:

·         Raymus House (various projects).

·         Hope Shelter (various projects).

·         East Union Cemetery (various projects).

·         Church restorations.

·         Painting curbs around the city.

·         Painting fire hydrants around the city.

·         Make handwritten appreciation cards for first responders.

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