Many citizens have the desire to improve or help their community in some way, whether it is donating to a specific charity, volunteering at local events, or simply lending a hand to another community member in need of help. But where does one start in getting involved in these types of projects? With work schedules, school schedules, appointments, and meetings, when does one have the time to get involved?
Pastor Dave Larson of New Life Christian Center may have delivered the answer to this question at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting. On April 28th, community members have the opportunity to join together to make a difference.
The event is called Love Turlock, and Pastor Dave Larson describes it as “all about serving people and meeting the real needs in our community.”
Many community members have participated in previous years with New Life Christian Center’s “Servolution” event, which was also based around the objective of demonstrating kindness and meeting needs through volunteer work. When Servolution started, Larson reported that there were an estimated 500 volunteers. As word got out about the yearly event, however, popularity grew and more volunteers took action. Last year’s Servolution event brought in over 1,500 volunteers. One of the projects accomplished last year included volunteers removing 23 tons of debris from throughout the community.
With the success Servolution has seen over the years, Larson wanted to extend the event beyond the members of New Life Christian Center, and make it a communitywide event, thus the transformation into Love Turlock.
Other local cities have participated in these service-project events, including Modesto, which first started in 2007 with Love Modesto, and was later joined by Ceres, Escalon, and Riverbank.
Some of the listed projects for this year include a Kenwood Yard Clean-up, painting the Turlock Gospel Mission, painting the Turlock Pregnancy Center, giving blood at Delta Blood Bank, Westside Adopt a Block Project, and helping schools such as Medeiros, Julien, and Wakefield. The categories of service include encouragement, manual labor, helping people in need, and schools.
“Every single day we can help our neighbors and change lives,” stated Larson. “We’re very excited to see what’s going to happen here on the 28th.”
The event will kick off at 9am, with all volunteers meeting in the Target parking lot, on Countryside Dr. in Turlock. The deadline to sign up is April 22.