Turlock Shines is a volunteer project with the goal of re-establishing small town community pride and was established last year.
Timm LaVelle and Dana Vaughn organized the 1st Turlock Shines event in 2008 and passed the baton to Mary Jackson for the 2nd Annual Turlock Shines event on October 3, 2009.
“101 years of beauty… and working for 101 more” was the slogan used in association with the event and that’s what nearly 250 volunteers did after meeting up at Donnelly Park at 8am on Saturday.
Councilwoman Mary Jackson kicked off the event and introduced City Manager Roy Wasden, both of whom thanked the group of volunteers and participated in the community clean up day.
Neighborhood Services Supervisor Bob Boyd assigned work sites to teams made up from the hundreds of people who were waiting for direction while working with City Maintenance Worker Ryan Everett throughout the day picking up loads of trash.
Turlock Scavenger reported that 25 loads of garbage and landscaping debris were dumped during the event that ended at noon.
Volunteers signed up under the teams: THS Art Club, THS Leadership, THS Cross Country, THS Key Club, THS Teachers and Administration, PHS Key Club, PHS Leadership, PHS Football, Lowe’s of Turlock, Westside Ministries, Turlock Christian Eco Club, and Walk-ins.
The volunteer teams cleaned up and down Golden State Blvd., under a freeway overpass, alleys around the westside, and even residencies where seniors requested assistance.
“I was expecting young people but they were older men (including City Manager Roy Wasden),” said Mable Matson, who was a recipient of the volunteer work. “Oh they were just wonderful; they pulled my weeds, pruned my roses, and even hauled it all away.”
View some pictures of the event in the TurlockCityNews.com photo gallery.