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Projects lined up for Love Escalon
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Sign-ups are being taken now for a number of projects that will be part of the Love Escalon community work day on April 27. Marg Jackson/The Times

Work at the Escalon Youth Center, the C.A.R.E. food pantry, along Main Street and at the Escalon firehouse are just some of the sites that will be the focus for the fast-approaching April 27 Love Escalon event.

The community day of service has information on the projects available at the website,; you can also register on the website to volunteer, suggest a project or learn more about each specific project already scheduled.

The day typically starts with an early morning rally for the volunteers, who then spread out across the city to donate time and talent for the various service projects.

Volunteers needed for this year’s C.A.R.E., Community Action Resources of Escalon, facility clean-up will help to clean and organize the local food pantry on Second Street. Workers at the Escalon Youth Center on Escalon Avenue are being sought to help with pulling weeds and cleaning up the grass and flower beds on site; there will also be an effort to re-paint the sidewalk and parking lot at the center during the Love Escalon work day.

Painting is needed in a couple of locations at the Escalon firehouse on Coley Avenue; also needed is an experienced worker with the equipment to power wash the outside stairs at the station.

Cleaning up and re-planting the planter boxes along Main Street is a large project that is seeking a dozen volunteers.

A vegetable garden clean-up effort is scheduled at Mercy Springs Ranch, with 15 volunteers needed for that project, while several volunteers are also sought to help with the Senior Bingo games being offered in the Escalon Library conference room, starting at 10 a.m. that day.

Love Escalon is a partner with the Love Our Cities initiative; several cities throughout the Central Valley are simultaneously hosting the volunteer work day on Saturday, April 27.

Organizers said the goal is to encourage everyone in the community to work together for the betterment of the city and its residents.

“Our hope is that it connects us more with one another, creates more civic pride, makes a difference in practical ways and leads to ongoing involvement by volunteers,” the website states.