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Volunteers Prepare For Love Riverbank
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Shovels, rakes, paint brushes and energy at the ready, dozens of volunteers will fan out across Riverbank on Saturday, as that community joins others in California for a day of service.

Love Riverbank draws together volunteers from diverse groups, to work on community service projects to help beautify the city and increase civic pride.

"We have 60 volunteers right now," said Sylvia Jimenez, a coordinator of the event. "I've also been contacted by the Kiwanis Club, their members."

Jimenez and her husband, Pastor Mario Jimenez of the Community Praise Tabernacle church, have been involved with Love Riverbank for the past few years and this year have taken on even more of a leadership role.

"We've been getting our congregation together to come out (and work)," Jimenez said of past involvement. "Now we're taking on the leadership."

There is a website set up to learn about the projects available and to sign up. Visit to see where you can fit in on Saturday.

"We meet at the Community Center at 9 a.m. and they start to go out to work by about 9:15 a.m.," said Jimenez. "We still need people to work at Riverbank Christian Food Sharing and the Riverbank Community Garden."

With the goal of many hands making light work, the various service projects provide something for everyone, from young volunteers to those who are a little bit older. Stocking shelves, helping catalog and shelve items in the library, doing some weeding in the community garden, helping a senior citizen with yard work; there is a wide variety offered.

Jimenez said visitors to the website can sign up for one or more projects and can also obtain information on what, if any, equipment might be required for the project they choose. She added that a recent announcement of the upcoming day of service in The News sparked some interest, with many 'hits' on the website and additional sign-ups after the information appeared in the paper.

Love Riverbank will be Saturday, Sept. 29 and surrounding communities from Modesto to Ceres, Oakdale to Escalon, are also putting on the day of service this weekend.

The commitment is just for the morning, as most projects wrap up by around noon. Then, said Jimenez, volunteers should meet back at the Community Center Park for some food and fellowship.