Apr 13, 2012 9:31 PM by Ariel Wesler

Hundreds of volunteers expected to beautify Santa Maria

City and church leaders in Santa Maria hope the skies stay clear for a huge community beautification project set for this weekend. Hundreds of volunteers have agreed to roll up their sleeves to help out in this year's "Serve Santa Maria Day."

Those volunteers will be pitiching in to do everything from planting trees to removing graffiti and signs from telephone poles.

By the end of the day, they hope to have 40 new trees in the ground at Preisker Park. They will also build handicap ramps at a local home of a family in need. The home was chosen by the city code enforcement staff.

While at the house, the volunteers wiill also remove trees that present a danger to the family's health. This is the third year the city has teamed up with a local pastor and 20 organizations to sponsor this service project.

"They need a lot of volunteers to make this happen. we have the volunteer power, so when we put these things together, everybody wins," said Pastor Carl Nielsen with Bethel Lutheran Church.

City officials say the volunteers not only make Santa Maria a more beautiful place, they also save the city tens of thousands of dollars.

If you would like to pitch in with the "Serve Santa Maria Day" project, show up at 8:30 Saturday morning at Abel Maldonado Community Center at 600 South McClelland Street.


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