Can you help?
What: Mormons Helping Hands work projects in Dixon
When: 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27; free barbecue for volunteers at noon
Where: Meet at Hall Memorial Park, 299 E. Chestnut St. in Dixon, for sign-in and instructions.
Bring: Work gloves and bottle of water, and tools if available (loppers, pruners, shovels, rakes, hammers, tarp, wheelbarrow)
Wear: Old work clothes: long-sleeved shirts, long pants, old shoes
On Saturday, April 27, the community is invited to become part of a local team of more than 400 men, women and children from throughout the Davis, Woodland, Winters and Dixon communities who will spruce up several Dixon schools and parks. The local crew is joining with the more than 75,000 volunteers of “Mormon Helping Hands” who will participate in this annual day of service throughout California.
Although organized by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the effort welcomes volunteers of any faiths from throughout the area.
“This is a great way for all of us to come together and give back to our community,” said Corey Cuvelier, who serves as president of the Woodland California Stake, which includes eight congregations of the LDS church in Woodland, Davis, Winters and Dixon.
Partnering with interfaith service groups and community organizations, Mormon Helping Hands works with city, county and state officials to plan hundreds of projects across California on the same day. Locally, the MHH service project focuses on different locations of need in the area each year.
In 2010, the group worked to revitalize eight parks in Woodland; in 2011, the event included several projects with the city of Davis, Davis Joint Unified School District and Yolo Community Care Continuum; and last year, the focus was Putah Creek Preserve in Winters.
In Dixon this year, the bulk of the work will take place at Dixon’s five schools and various parks, where volunteers will help with trash cleanup, landscaping, brush removal, mulching, weed abatement and painting. Two other projects will have groups marking the significant cracks in the downtown sidewalks and beautifying the Dixon highway sign, which is made of flowers.
“We now look forward to extending our reach to our neighbors in Dixon, who have graciously volunteered their time in other communities for this day of service,” Cuvelier said.
MHH volunteers will gather at Hall Memorial Park, 299 E. Chestnut St. in Dixon, near the Dixon May Fairgrounds, at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27. Work teams will then be organized and be given their assignments. A free barbecue lunch will be provided for the volunteers back at Hall Park beginning at noon.
Volunteers are asked to bring a reusable water bottle and gloves, along with tools such as rakes, shovels, loppers, pruners, tarps and wheelbarrows, if they have them. It is recommended that people wear clothes that can get dirty: lightweight long-sleeved shirt, long pants, closed-toe shoes and a hat.
The LDS Church established the Mormon Helping Hands program in 1998 to provide service and disaster relief to those in need, expanding in recent years to include revitalizing communities. Local volunteers wear the same distinctive yellow Mormon Helping Hands vests of those participating in humanitarian service projects and disaster relief throughout the world.