Thousands of Turlockers woke up early Saturday morning, ready to put in a hard day of work to improve their community.
The second annual Love Turlock – a volunteer-based community service day – saw more than 100 projects accomplished across the city.
“It’s been a great year,” said Scott Snyder, the Personal Connection Project Coordinator for Love Turlock. “There’s just a lot of good people with good hearts. We love serving and we’re really excited to see it grow.”
With projects ranging from painting, to garbage pick-up, to putting in new fences, and much more, this year’s Love Turlock had something for people of all ages to help with.
“I love the variety of projects that we do for people,” Snyder said. “Whether it is working with the senior centers, or personal home owners, or even the local high school projects…I love that we all come together for our community.”
Community volunteers, non-profit organizations, and over a dozen area churches spent Saturday morning taking on projects to make their city a better place. After a hard morning’s work, all of the volunteers and the community at large were invited to attend a free barbecue lunch at Columbia Park in Turlock.
“It’s neat to see people from all different types of backgrounds and places come together and say 'Our community matters, and we want to show love by serving,'” said Dave Larson, New Life Christian Center Pastor. “It’s neat seeing some of the people here at the barbecue that we served earlier today, sitting alongside everyone else.”
Larson, one of the leaders of Love Turlock, is largely responsible for the annual clean-up day. Many members of his church volunteered for years as part of “Servolution” – the church's former community service day that grew into Love Turlock.
The signature bright yellow shirts worn by volunteers featured the Love Turlock logo on the front, and a new slogan for this year on the back – “Join the Servolution,” referencing the event's roots. T-shirts were free for volunteers; however, a $5 suggested donation was taken to help offset some of the costs associated with the projects.
“It’s been a great day and I’m really looking forward to next year,” Larson said. “We’ve really brought in a lot of outside organizations and community involvement, so it really helps set the stage for next year.”
To learn more about Love Turlock, visit www.loveturlock.org.