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Volunteers beautify Santa Maria with community effort

Posted at 12:30 PM, May 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 21:56:12-04

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Volunteers scoured the streets of Santa Maria today to beautify parts of the city.

The effort was a part of Serve Santa Maria, a semi-annual event organized by Bethel Lutheran Church. Organizer Pastor Carl Nielsen and his family coordinate the effort with various projects throughout the city.

“I visit the projects and photograph and coordinate the troops while my wife drives me around,” said Nielsen. “It’s a fun crazy day.”

<figcaption class="wp-caption-text" id="caption-attachment-155019">Credit: Ethan Fichtner

This weekend, the event included a slew of projects throughout the community.

A dozen or so professional carpenters from Union 1800 volunteered their time to repair the shade structure at the Lawn Bowling Club.

Meanwhile, young artists and their families used their artistic licenses to paint a U.S. map in front of Tommy Kunst Middle School.

And several volunteers signed up for the project at Temple Beth El as a gesture of kindness in light of the recent shootings at Jewish temples, including the most recent tragedy in San Diego last weekend.

The event has been happening since 2010. For more, see the Serve Santa Maria website.