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Serve Santa Maria IX

Post Date:03/30/2015 9:19 AM

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March 30, 2015

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Serve Santa Maria IX is Saturday, April 11th


The ninth “Serve Santa Maria” day will be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 with numerous local volunteers uniting to beautify the community through service projects from about 9:00 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will gather at the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center to be registered from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Coffee and donuts will be available, courtesy of the All-America City Committee. Then after a short opening, volunteers will be on their way to work sites by 9:15 a.m. A sack lunch will be prepared by the Central Coast Rescue Mission for all participants to take with them to their work sites. 

Each year, the City partners with Serve Santa Maria program to improve the community in a variety of ways.  The Serve Santa Maria leadership team and the City staff identify suitable projects, and with the help of volunteers, fan out across the community. 

Volunteers are encouraged to choose their project of interest, and then sign up ahead of the event. It is first come, first served on the selection. Contact Pastor Carl Nielsen via e-mail at

Parks: Project 1: Spreading bark at Preisker Park, 330 Hidden Pines (25 to 50 people). Bring shovels, metal rakes, wheelbarrows and gloves. Project 2: Spreading bark at Pioneer Park, 1000 W. Foster Road (10 to 20 people). Project 3: Assembling 20 picnic benches (6 to 10 people). Schools: Project 4: Alvin Elementary School, 301 E. Alvin (25 to 30 people), bring shovels, weeding tools, cutting and trimming tools, and gloves to remove dumped stuff from an alley. Also, square shovels to shave off a berm beside a sand area. Trim some plants in an area beside the office. Project 5: Battles Elementary School, 605 E. Battles (25 to 35 people). Tools needed are brooms, weeding tools, trimming tools, leaf rakes, shovels, and gloves, for general gardening and cleaning up of the campus. The principal also expressed interest in someone who would paint murals. Special Projects: Projects 6 and 7: Clearing a backyard, two locations (20 to 30 people each). Bring gloves. Removing lots of old bicycles and materials. Project 8: Picking up litter by the railroad tracks. The All-America City Committee will be doing this project. Project 9: A team from First Christian Church will build a small fence with a gate for a Santa Maria resident.

The Central Coast Rescue Mission will have its donations truck out in front of the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center. Residents are encouraged to bring clothing they want to give away. The Rescue Mission will provide donation slips for these tax-deductible donations. All of the sales from the donations go toward supporting the ministries of the Central Coast Rescue Mission, which includes its food outreach, recovery and restoration of the men in its program, and providing clothing and hygiene products to those in need. Also, the Central Coast Rescue Mission will be assembling the lunches for all volunteers.

Questions may be directed to the City Manager’s Office, 925-0951 ext. 372.


Department:                           City Manager’s Office

Contact Person:                     Mark van de Kamp, PIO/Management Analyst II

Telephone Number:                (805) 925-0951 ext. 372

E-mail Address:             

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