Volunteers roll up their sleeves for the Moraga Community Service Day project

Posted on October 12, 2022
Volunteers roll up their sleeves for the Moraga Community Service Day project
Moraga Community Service Day volunteers pull weeds in the garden of Camino Pablo Photo Vera Kochan

Following in the footsteps of Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill, Mike McCluer, Moraga Community Service Day organizer and council member, felt the town could use the same type of cleanup project that other communities have been doing for nearly of a decade.

After meeting with various organizations in the city (Rotary Club of Moraga, Moraga Valley Kiwanis, Moraga Lions Club, Moraga Garden Club, Moraga School District, Campolindo High School, Saint Mary’s College, Moraga Chamber of Commerce and iKind), the ball started rolling. Building on the fact that the people of Moraga are used to rolling up their sleeves and participating, McCluer created a website (http://moragaserviceday.org) with a registration form listing the different locations and the description of each project.

Using the motto “Care, Give, Connect”, some cleanups began on September 30, but the official event days were October 1 and 2.

Volunteers had many places and projects to choose from: non-perishable food depots for the homeless, low-income and food-insecure; paint flower pots with warm messages to the elderly and those locked away; weeding, garbage collection and pruning at Camino Pablo Elementary School, Los Perales Elementary School and Rheem Elementary School; donate blood; Lady Bug Bags assembly of hygiene bags for homeless and disadvantaged women; Campolindo Sustainable Garden weeding, spreading mulch and moving paving stones; Moraga Commons Park planting shade trees near bandshell and cutting dead branches from Manzanita bushes; Weeding of the SMC residential garden and removal of shrubs and debris; weeding and cleaning of SMC Legacy Garden; clearing of fire fighting trails; and weed removal and general cleaning of Stafford Road.

Camino Pablo’s mother, Amenda Kung, like many parent volunteers in schools, said as she pulled weeds in the overgrown garden, “It’s great to organize community service events and just help out.”

Another CP mother, Yueyue Ning, agreed that she was there to “help the children and the school”. Ning’s son, Tony Li (8), had every intention of helping his mother pull the weeds, but when he saw how daunting the task seemed, he opted to take the drudgery elsewhere instead on the campus.

“We had an absolutely wonderful weekend for Moraga Community Service with overwhelming community support from 460 volunteers,” McCluer said. “This includes 353 people participating in 13 volunteer projects and 107 volunteers donating food – helping everyone in need, our schools and beautifying our town. Most of the volunteers were families looking to help the community, involve their children and volunteer their time and resources.

Hoping to make it an annual event, McCluer added, “We are extremely pleased with the community spirit of volunteering for our events which far exceeded all of our expectations. Thank you Moraga!

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