Would you join the effort?
What if all you had to do was sign up, show up and do some work?
What if the organizers created a menu of awesome volunteer opportunities – so you could choose an activity you’d enjoy?
If you love Fullerton, then check out www.LoveFullerton.org and sign up to make a difference.
On May 17, volunteers from throughout the community will come together for a day of service, and organizers hope that the goodwill spills into the other 364 days of the year.
Do you like working with the elderly? You can lend an ear to some friendly-yet-lonely folks at the senior center.
If you’re in the mood for manual labor, there are several parks and elementary schools that need sprucing up, benches that could use fresh paint and graffiti that needs to be removed.
You can renovate homes, help the Red Cross with a blood drive, teach life skills to young people and more.
The concept originated elsewhere, but this is the first time it’s happening in Southern California.
In Fullerton more than 20 churches, city government, local businesses, service organizations, universities, colleges and schools are participating in the first “Love Fullerton” event.
The police department is participating, too.
Chief Dan Hughes last week personally picked up fliers and posters in an effort to help promote it. He also plans to distribute them to local businesses.
“Many people may view the police department’s role as maintaining order or fighting crime, and that indeed is our responsibility,” he said. “But to be truly successful we must have true partnerships, and this event presents an outstanding opportunity to build deeper relationships – for us with the community and neighbors with each other.
Organizers hope to get 2,000 residents to participate.
That’s not even two percent of the city’s population.
Other cities have attracted bigger numbers.
Can we do better?
Participants get more out of the day than the fulfillment of knowing they’re making a difference.
You’ll get to know a few neighbors, a “Love Fullerton” T-shirt, a free breakfast and a BBQ lunch as a thank you for your work.
The day starts at 8 a.m. at the Downtown Plaza and wraps up at 1 p.m.
Visit www.LoveFullerton.org and sign up today.