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Posted on: May 17, 2018

200-plus Anaheim employees, family give back in inaugural day of community service

Big Give

ANAHEIM, Calif. (May 15, 2018) — More than 200 Anaheim city employees and their families came together on Saturday, May 12, for a day of volunteer community service benefiting seniors, veterans, students, neighborhoods and those in need.

Volunteers spent the morning working on nine projects across Anaheim as part of the Big Give, an inaugural day of community service by Anaheim employees.

Here’s a look at the projects and their impact:

American Legion Post 72

  • 24 volunteers buffed 1,200 square feet of floor, patched 10 parking lot potholes, re-carpeted a stage and installed a sink.

Haskett Library in west Anaheim

  • 17 volunteers dusted 35 bookcases and computer stations, painted three study room as well as fences and handrails.

Brookhurst Park

  • 32 volunteers painted a 300-square-foot City of Kindness mural including 86 volunteer and community handprints.

Transitional home for women

  • 17 volunteers put together seven dressers, three bunk beds, a desk and planted a backyard garden.

Walnut Village senior community

  • Seven volunteers worked with 12 senior residents to paint 20 terracotta pots for planting.

Sycamore Junior High

  • 38 volunteers painted 7,000 square feet of campus wall, planted 68 trees and plants and spread 11 yards of mulch.

Miraloma Park and Family Resource Center

  • 20 volunteers planted 50 plants, spread 25 yards of mulch and cleaned 13 benches and tables.

Habitat for Humanity home

  • 13 volunteers painted six walls and planted new landscaping at an elderly resident’s home in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity.

Vineyard Church Food Bank

  • 19 volunteers packaged 500 bags of groceries for needy families in our community.

The Big Give included employees from across Anaheim, including the Anaheim Police Department, Anaheim Fire & Rescue, Anaheim Public Utilities, Public Works, Community Services and the city’s administrative departments and divisions.

A big thanks also goes out to Love Anaheim, a nonprofit that brings together community service volunteers, Habitat for Humanity and other community groups that also pitched in.

The community service day comes after Anaheim’s City Council in November adopted “City of Kindness” as the city’s official motto and encouraged additional efforts to spread kindness throughout Anaheim.

You can watch the Big Give teams in action in our video from the day here. You can also find a slideshow with more pictures here.

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