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Community Effort Looms For Love Riverbank
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City leaders, Mario and Sylvia Jimenez for the Love Riverbank campaign, are preparing for another event on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The two, from Community Praise Tabernacle, said they were excited to see an event that reached out to the community, so they gathered a large group of volunteers for the projects at the last Love Riverbank in late September and truly enjoyed giving back to the community.

“Our church has moved forward every event praying that each event would gain more volunteers and more projects to make an impact in the Riverbank Community,” said Sylvia Jimenez.

Love Riverbank is an event that occurs twice a year, which began from the Love our cities movement in Modesto – and since then, has spread to 40 different cities throughout the region, and growing.

“Our prayer is that Love Riverbank will give the residents of Riverbank a taste of how great it feels to give back to the community,” Sylvia added. “We are faith based, with a desire to reach out with the love of Christ in a very practical way.”

There are many openings for volunteers to help clean the Riverbank Community Gardens, spreading bark on the walking areas and building a fence.

Other projects also in need of volunteers include:

·        At the Riverbank Library, volunteers are needed to clean the library shelves, going through removing the dust from the books.

·        At Jacob Myers Park, there is weeding and general beautification that needs to be completed.

·        Volunteers are needed to assist at Beyond Earth Day, also scheduled on April 27, to work the sign-in table and assist with guiding the community in the parking lot.

Christian Food Sharing is also participating by providing a truck to be parked at a location (to be announced) to allow for donations of non-perishable foods.

“We encourage everyone in the neighborhood to stop by to drop off food donations between 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,” said Sylvia.

There are many more projects on the site at, just click the ‘Sign-Up’ link and browse which projects are fitting for you and your family. Love Riverbank shirts are available for $10 for those that would like to show their support.

“It’s so exciting to see so many people coming out in our own community to make a positive impact,” Sylvia said. “We have had volunteers participate from young to old, community service clubs, members of a church or no church at all.

“Our prayer for Love Riverbank is that those who come to participate feel a renewed sense of pride in our city, encourage more volunteering in our community, and to see Riverbank transformed.”

Anyone interested in signing up to participate on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. can visit the website Mario and Sylvia Jimenez can also be reached for questions or ideas for other projects at