Shortly after sunrise on Saturday, November 17, volunteers of all ages will be donning leather gloves and work boots as well as packing up their rakes, pitchforks and paintbrushes and heading towards Kit Carson Park in Escondido.
The annual Serve Day, led by the Church of Rancho Bernardo (CRB), provides an opportunity to give back to the community and includes beautification projects not only in Kit Carson Park, but also at the Boys & Girls Club and Bear Valley Middle School.
A few of this year’s planned projects include spreading over 70,000 pounds of mulch, clearing of vegetation, adding a fresh coat of paint to the Amphitheater, park buildings, bridges, and the planting of more than 35 trees. Thanks to generous donations by CRB members and others in the community, 2,000 Family Bags (including items such as full-sized shampoo, body wash, and laundry pods) and 1,500 Hygiene kits will be assembled for families in need and homeless individuals.
Activities begin at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude at noon, followed by a celebratory barbecue in the park. Sam Abed (Escondido mayor), Steve Boyle (superintendent, Escondido Union High School District), Leila Sackfield (deputy superintendent Escondido Union School District) and others will be on hand to show their appreciation to the volunteers for their tireless efforts.
A spokesman for this year’s activities told The Times-Advocate: “This is the third year for Serve Day and promises to be another exceptional experience for volunteers, as well as the community of Escondido. By working with the City of Escondido and the Parks/Recreation Team, we ensure the tasks completed are truly value added. Persons of all ages, abilities and skill levels come together to enhance areas enjoyed and used by many.”