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Volunteers Mobilize For Community Work
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The first of the 'Love Escalon' events for 2012 is on the schedule this weekend.

Like many communities around the region, Escalon residents will gather to donate their time to a number of needs, with the work day set for Saturday, April 28.

Trinity Church of Escalon pastor Jim Davis serves as one of the coordinators and said volunteers will gather at Trinity, 1900 California St., at 9 a.m. Saturday to prepare for the work day.

"We always do a food drive, which we call Groceries of Love, and we will be delivering those to the Heritage House residents," Davis said. "We are also going to do another clean up at C.A.R.E., our local food pantry, to help keep things clean for inspections, stock the shelves. We will be delivering baked goods to our firefighters and police, and writing letters to our military, letters of hope."

Also due are efforts at the Escalon Library, helping re-shelve books and clean the storage room, do some general yard maintenance and power washing of picnic tables at Dent Elementary in addition to helping with the school garden.

"We have 14 different projects," Davis said. "As of Friday, we had 130 people signed up on the website and I'm sure this week we'll be getting more."

The goal of the day is to help support the community in a variety of ways, with the idea that many hands will make light work of the projects.

"There are 35 communities and over 5,000 volunteers total across the region," Davis said of the effort, with similar events planned locally in cities including Modesto, Riverbank and Ceres.

Also, an ongoing effort is Love Escalon Teachers, said Davis.

"We're gathering school supplies for teachers to use throughout the year, they often spend $500 to $1000 of their own money each year to buy things for their classroom, we want to help so we are gathering supplies and we will let them 'go shopping for free' here," he explained of setting up a mini teacher store at the church.

Members of community service clubs, youth groups, churches and the community at large are participating in the day of service.

"It's just an opportunity to give back," Davis said.

More information is available by contacting the church, 838-3000.

Trinity Church will also host its regular last Wednesday of the month dinner tonight, April 25 starting at 6 p.m.

The church has the Wednesday night dinner, open to the community, the third and last Wednesday of each month. There is no charge and all are welcome to attend.