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Award Cites Walnut Creek Community Service

League of California Cities also cites Pleasant Hill for its annual Community Service Day. Community Service Day this year in Walnut Creek is Oct. 6.

The spirit of volunteerism burns brightly in Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill.

Now the whole state knows. The two cities were recognized in statewide awards received by the cities from the League of California Cities in its annual conference in San Diego. The adjacent cities earlier this week received Helen Putnam Awards.

“The bottom-line objective for both of our cities was to create a single-day event that would engage our communities, introduce volunteers to new opportunities, and create lasting impact,” said Walnut Creek Council member Cindy Silva, in a city statement on the Walnut Creek website. “Community Service Day has done just that in its first year in Walnut Creek.”

A year ago Silva, then the mayor, led the initiative for the first Community Service Day. Community Service Day in Walnut Creek this year is Saturday, Oct. 6. The city is now registering volunteers for 50 projects around the community.

Pleasant Hill has staged annual community service days since 2005. Over the years, about 6,000 volunteers have logged 25,000 volunteer hours in Pleasant Hill.

“In both cities, Community Service Day has increased civic pride and demonstrated that people want to get involved and give back to their community," said Pleasant Hill Vice Mayor Michael Harris. "Community Service Day has proven that the power of human energy is unbeatable.”

Julie Jepsen-Grant September 07, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Lance, Who are the people in the picture? Thanks, JJJ-G :-D
Julie Jepsen-Grant September 07, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Never mind, I just clicked on the photo and the names are below it. :-D
One more time with feeling September 08, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Silva's "community service day" prize claim is a slap in the face to ALL the wonderful volunteers in all the non-profit organizations in and nearby Walnut Creek by claiming she (and her minions at City Hall who get paid to make the arrangements) got folks to "volunteer". HOGWASH! There are - and have been - volunteers at: all the schools, on planning commissions and boards, at ARF, Walnut Festival Association, both Libraries, the Lindsay Museum, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Sports teams (children, teen and adult), Church goers, the Walnut Creek Senior Center, Lion's Club, The Gardens at Heather Farm Park, Kiwanis, Rotary, Walnut Creek Equestrian Center, Walnut Creek's Art & Rec Department and Lesher Center, Walnut Creek Police Department VIPS and Police Reserves, CERT volunteers, Hospice, John Muir Medical Center, Kaiser Medical... The list is endless and I sincerely apologize for the myriad of volunteer groups and their volunteer members I missed. Volunteerism in Walnut Creek has ALWAYS been strong. For Silva to hijack the good things Walnut Creek citizen volunteers have ALWAYS done over many years and claim their contributions as "hers" is an insult. She should be ashamed.
Bob Brittain September 08, 2012 at 08:25 PM
OMTWF, Councilmember Silva reached out to most of the organizations you mention at an organizing breakfast and asked whether they would like to participate. The activities on Community Service Day were designed by the organizations themselves. I volunteer with several of the organizations myself and you claim that Community Service Day is a slap in our faces does not ring true. In fact it seems downright mean-spirited.
Bob Brittain September 09, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Sorry, I meant "your" claim.
David P September 09, 2012 at 07:03 AM
OMTWF - Actually, the people who organize/lead this event are almost all volunteers; there are one or two people who each may spend 8-10 hours a MONTH to help coordinate within the city infrastructure. All of the others are totally volunteer. And although many, many of us volunteer as you listed, this is a one day (or a half-day) effort to help people focus their attention on projects they may not know about or know how to go about helping out. And as this is a one day effort for the volunteer, they do not feel an expectation or pressure to continue volunteering unless they wish. It is a really great effort that helped may organizations last year -- and will again this year. And, frankly, Silva could have just walked away from this after last year, but she and the organizing committee felt it was important to keep helping groups like non-profits and schools with an organized effort. Although I respect your ability to express your opinion, I think you may be a bit off-base on this one. Come on down and join in...it is actually very fun. Dave
One more time with feeling September 10, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Bob B, I *TOTALLY* understand why you are defending Silva's actions http://walnutcreek.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=631&meta_id=25098 By the way, I may have an issue with October 6 - I guess the volunteer time I happily do the rest of the year does not count.
Bob Brittain September 10, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Still anonymous OMTWF, Your reference to an obsolete City Council agenda item from 2009 is irrelevant. A similar measure is adopted after each City Council election. It puzzles me why an effort to give NEW volunteers an opportunity to explore possibilities is such an insult to you. I guess that our thought processes work rather differently indeed.
michael frederick September 13, 2012 at 09:20 AM
I have mixed feelings on this. It is good that the city promotes volunteering! It is not good, as OMTWF points out, that WC politicians routinely tap into and hijack long-standing COMMUNITY effort by planting a city flag on it, much as they revise WC history to serve political agenda and entitlement. There's a reason why WC history has been reduced to 1903 farmhouse living at Shadelands. Here's the secret: The stars of WC history ARE NOT a handful of the locally ignorant and indifferent at City Hall -- the stars are We The People. We're an American operation -- not just an ignorant, ABAG and commercially deferent, off-shoot of the Chamber of Commerce. I'm less conflicted by Mr. Brittain's assertion that he doesn't see a BIASED connection between Library Cindy and Library Bob!!! If there ever was an appreciation for scientific reason, it's long-gone.

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