Tamara Cobb, a Building Healthy Communities Hub Committee representative for South Merced, said a new group, Concerned Residents of South Merced, will sponsor a Community Clean-Up and Celebration Oct. 22, which is "Make A Difference Day."
For the clean-up, they’re joining Golden Valley Health Center's Green Team, Healthy South Merced, the Boys & Girl's Club, The city of Merced, United Way and Building Healthy Communities.
The clean-up will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Residents will meet in the Golden Valley Health Center parking lot. From there, volunteers will move in teams, cleaning the nearby streets and around local schools. Volunteers will transport full garbage bags on trucks to large dumpsters donated by the city.
This is the fourth year for Golden Valley Health Center's Green Team to sponsor the event. In previous years, the Green Team has collected up to 50 bags of trash. Clean-up volunteers will include local residents, employees from Golden Valley Health Center, students from the R.O.P. program at Valley High School, Merced High School, UC Merced, Merced College and other residents. All who would like to participate are welcome.
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The Boys & Girls Club will participate in clean-up efforts at McNamara Park at the same time, where they will be painting the bleachers and eliminating graffiti.
After the clean-up, Concerned Residents of South Merced will sponsor a community celebration from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at McNamara Park. The event will include a DJ, live band, free food, kids’ activities and bounce houses. The groups are seeking additional entertainers. Also, there’s booth space available for any organization that would like to be a part of the event. If you are interested in providing entertainment or setting up a booth at the community celebration, contact Tamara at (209) 722-7231. All South Merced residents are welcome to attend.
Concerned Residents of South Merced meets every Monday at 10 a.m. at McNamara Park. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend.--Sun-Star staff