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Community Notebook: Hundreds of volunteers to join 'Make a Difference Day'

Saturday event kicks off at Palo Alto City Hall

Generations of local volunteers will join Palo Alto nonprofit Youth Community Service on Saturday, Oct. 24, for a day of volunteer projects benefiting the environment, seniors and needy families and individuals.

The event, part of National Make a Difference Day, will involve students from Gunn and Palo Alto high schools in what has become the largest day of service across the country, involving millions of volunteers.

Palo Alto's volunteer day will begin in front of Palo Alto City Hall, at 250 Hamilton Ave., with a kickoff featuring Palo Alto Mayor Karen Holman and East Palo Alto Mayor Lisa Gauthier. Then volunteers of all ages will fan out to work on projects in 15 locations across the Midpeninsula from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Participants will plant trees with the nonprofit Canopy at Bol Park behind Gunn; care for Cooley Landing shoreline park in East Palo Alto with nonprofit Acterra; arrange flowers with Acterra to take to seniors at Lytton Gardens; bag toiletries at nonprofit Project WeHope and sort food at the nonprofit Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto. Additional projects will take place at the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo and the Palo Alto Baylands duck pond.

The project is being sponsored by YCS and includes Palo Alto Family YMCA, Palo Alto University Rotary, Rotary Club of Palo Alto, Bayshore Rotary, Kiwanis Clubs, City of Palo Alto, City of East Palo Alto and Live in Peace.

Leif Erickson, YCS executive director, said several hundred volunteers are expected at the event.

"We are grateful to Mayor Karen Holman for her leadership in building healthy communities through service. She is letting our young people -- and their allies -- know how much our community values their spirit of compassion and eagerness to make a difference," Erickson said in a statement.

Participants should arrive at 9 a.m. at King Plaza to select projects. They can also register in advance at the YCS website.

This year YCS is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a nonprofit organization that engages young people to build leadership and life skills, empathy for others and a sense of connectedness and purpose.

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Posted by Neighbors Helping Neighbors
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 21, 2015 at 10:55 am

HEY, neglected to mention that Neighbors Helping Neighbors is on the Make a Difference Day NationaL registry of non profits and we participate in YCS.

Come join us! Whether you can volunteer or donate food or funds, all are welcome....

Volunteer Shifts & Tasks;
Phone: 650-283-0270 (No Texting, please)

1. Friday, Oct. 23rd, Grocery Pick up/Loading -
This shift is not kid friendly. (adults & teens) ( ) 5:30pm to 7:00PM
Location: MV/Palo Alto boarder. Address given upon sign up.

2. Saturday, Oct. 24th, Volunteer Shifts & Tasks;

Location: LDS 190 Jordan Ave Los Altos

( ) 9am - 11am – Check-in Table - volunteers (2) per shift selected to be greeters. Teens welcome.
~~ Set up tables in gym & food stations
~~ Staging area - Unload truck
~~ Kid's activities - Affix food signs to tables
( ) 9am - 11am - Prepared Food Station - this team of volunteers will repackage prepared meals.
~~Fresh Foods Station - Bag fresh & bulk foods. Both adult & kids activity
( ) 11am - 1pm – Check-in Table - some volunteers (2) per shift selected to be greeters
~~ Dry & Packaged Food Sorting Station - Sort & Inventory groceries.
~~ Dry & Packaged Food Sorting Station 2 - Fill grocery bags.
~~ Kids activity, affix labels on grocery bags.
( ) 1pm - 3pm – Check-in Table - some volunteers (2) per shift selected to be greeters
~~ Dry & Packaged Food Sorting Station 2 - Fill grocery bags.
~~ Pack extra food in boxes.
~~ Load truck for move out of facility.

( ) 3:15-4:15pm - This shift will take place at our storage facility in Palo Alto MV border.
Help restock our food lockers. No one does heavy lifting.

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