The community is coming together again to plan Folsom’s largest day of service and volunteerism, and organizers are seeking input on what projects should be considered for the second annual Community Service Day.
A brainstorming session is planned for Wednesday, March 25 to identify potential projects for this major citywide event. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Folsom Community Center at 52 Natoma Street in Folsom.
Community Service Day mobilizes hundreds of volunteers of all ages and interests to complete projects throughout Folsom that will have a lasting impact in the community. The effort is organized by the City of Folsom and numerous Folsom corporations, companies and nonprofits. The 2015 Community Service Day will be held on September 19.
More than 1,100 volunteers participated in the inaugural 2014 Community Service Day, and completed more than 25 projects, including:
· Collected more than 82,000 pounds of food for Twin Lakes Food Bank families during a citywide food drive
· Solicited donations and packed care packages for 500 soldiers serving overseas; children created thank you cards and photos that were inserted in the care packages
· Painted the wrought-iron fence surrounding the Aquatic Center
· Planted shrubs, pulled weeds and added bark to Butterfly Garden in City Lions Park
· Weeded and cleaned-up the cemetery at Sibley & Natoma
· Installed shelving, painted and cleaned CAVE teen centers at Folsom and Sutter middle schools
· Built raised beds, installed irrigation and painted a mural at the garden behind the Community Center which will be used by the preschool and Zoo Sanctuary
· Stained the large wooden play structure in Kids Play Park
· Completed painting, staining and clean-up projects at Pioneer Village in Historic Folsom
· Installed landscaping at the Powerhouse Ministries Transitional Care Center
· Installed fencing around the Powerhouse Ministries kids play area
· Sanitized toys and cleaned preschools at the Community Center, Sports Complex and Hinkle Creek Nature Center
· Sorted clothes and donations at Snowline Hospice
· Re-built a bicycle/pedestrian bridge on the Humbug-Willow Creek Trail
· Painted trail rules on several sections of recreational trails
· Built steps in the deer area and painted fencing and cleaned sections of the Zoo Sanctuary
The 2015 Community Service Day Steering Committee includes: Steve Miklos, Folsom City Council; Anna Ballard and Stephanie Smith, Intel; Christine Brainerd, City of Folsom; Jeremy Burke, Gold Country Media/Folsom Telegraph; Nancy Atchley, Powerhouse Ministries; Terry Carroll, Style Media Group; Brad Franklin, Lakeside Church; Joe Gagliardi, Folsom Chamber of Commerce; Dan Haverty, Rotary Club of Folsom Lake; Monica Meade, Safe Credit Union; Timothy Polasik, Folsom State Prison; Eric King, LDS Church; Justin Raithel, Folsom Leading Young Professionals; Anthony Retodo, M.D., Kaiser Permanente; Michael Ricks and Anissa Routon, Mercy Hospital of Folsom; Rob Ross, Think Smart.
For more information or to RSVP for the March 25 meeting, please contact Christine Brainerd, communications manager with the City of Folsom, at 351-3360 or firstname.lastname@example.org.