Ripon is looking for people who love their community and are willing to spend three hours with neighbors this Saturday morning working to make it a better place.
Love Ripon is searching for volunteers to do a wide variety of tasks ranging from cleaning up weeds to spending time with the elderly.
The day starts with an 8:15a.m. rally on Saturday, April 29, in front of the Ripon Community Center, Fourth Street and Locust. You will meet propjet leaders and get project details. From there volunteers will go to various sites around Ripon to volunteer their services from 9 a.m. to noon.
Available projects and sign up information can be found at loveripon.com. Advance registration allows an orderly assignment of people to tasks. The site contains the task, what it will involve, and if there is space left to volunteer.
The available projects as of Sunday are:
uSharing time with socializing with seniors as well as providing entertainment at Bethany Homes.
uGraffiti removal under the Highway 99 bridge.
uClean up at the recycling center.
uRipon High stadium clean-up.
uSecond Street overpass clean-up on the east side.
uSecond Street overpass clean-up on the west side.
uCleaning up planter boxes and trimming shrubs near Studio Joy on Main Street in downtown.
Projects that already have enough signups include the Canal Street beautification project, pouring concrete at the Ripon Police Department shooting range, Ripon Elementary School beautification, spreading bark at Ripon city parks. and working in the Ripon Community Garden.
If you have any questions call 209.232.6553 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love Ripon began out of the success of Love Modesto.
Love Modesto started back in 2007 with two questions: Why is our city on lists of the “worst cities in America”? If our churches were to suddenly disappear from the Modesto area, would anyone even care or notice?
The first Love Modesto took place on March 7, 2009. More than 1,200 people showed up to assist on projects. Similar Saturday morning volunteer efforts have taken place in more than 50 cities.
Over 90,000 people have been involved … young, old, abled, disabled; people from a church or no church at all. Around 315,000 volunteer hours have been donated – this is over $7.4 million dollars in service (independentsector.org) that have been given to our communities. At these community-wide volunteer days, people engage in a variety of projects, including offering food to the hungry, visiting convalescent homes, donating blood, building a house with Habitat for Humanity, and working in city parks and schools, among other opportunities.