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Auburn Community Service Day

By: Michael Kirby, Photographer
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Auburn got a good sprucing up Saturday as 150 volunteers worked to clean up seven venues around town. The fourth annual Auburn Community Service Day and their small army of volunteers equipped with shovels, wheelbarrows, clippers and brooms turned out for a 7:30 a.m. sign-in, and were were guided to one the seven locations to work. The clipping, sweeping mowing, planting and cleaning all began at 8:00 a.m. in a whirlwind of activity at each location. Young and old chipped in with happy faces to do a little spring cleaning in Auburn.

Acres of Hope needed yard work, weeding and a clothes collection drop off was available. Flowers and vegetables were planted at the Armed Forces Community Garden and several clean-up projects were underway at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. Out in Christian Valley the Placer Nature Center volunteers worked on trail maintenance and vegetation management. In the Auburn Community Garden behind Auburn City Hall volunteers planted and cleaned the garden area. Trash was removed from the School Park Preserve and small oaks were caged. Unwanted vegetation was also pulled and removed. Downtown, Recreation Park got a general grounds clean-up.

It was a great group effort with young volunteers working right alongside their parents who set a great example of how to care for our community. The concept was adopted from a similar program in Folsom. Project creator Renee Berg brought the idea to Sheryl Petersen at the Auburn Recreation District four years ago and the project was created. “Each year we find more and more projects and work that needs to be done,” Berg said. Last year the project teamed with Team Giving, a non-profit organization that assists and matches volunteers with a desire to help with area projects. “Next year we plan to expand and include neighboring communities in the service day,” Berg said. “We come up with the ideas and the community comes out to help, that’s what makes this happen-the community,” said Auburn City Council member and volunteer Daniel Berlant.

The work continued until noon Saturday then all the volunteers were invited to a free lunch at the Recreation Park to rest and talk about the days accomplishments.