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Over 500 volunteers donate 1,977 hours of service during annual ‘Helping Hands’ event in Temecula

Published on May 2, 2014 by Admin

TEMECULA – More than 500 Temecula Valley Helping Hands (TVHH) volunteers braved the wet weather Saturday morning, April 26 to participate in an annual day of community service in

Temecula.

Approximately 1,977 hours of service were cheerfully offered in cleaning and beautifying the city of “old traditions and new opportunities.”

“What I really love is seeing the young kids here,” observed County Supervisor Jeff Stone who was present at the Temecula Valley Rose Society where volunteers assisted with weeding and gardening. “It instills in them the essence of public service; that this is our country and our state and our

county.”

In addition to the nearly two thousand volunteer hours, Temecula Valley Helping Hands also donated 538 pounds of food which will be given to two local food pantries – St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish and the Temecula Community Pantry.

“This goes beyond an act of doing something physical,” remarked Temecula City Councilman Chuck Washington while observing TVHH volunteers serving at the Mary Phillips Senior Center. “It creates a group spirit and sense of unity.”

Temecula Valley High School principal Allen Williams strongly encouraged his students at TVHS to participate in Saturday’s annual day of service.

Many students heeded his call and showed up bright and early to work alongside their principal in cleaning and beautifying their campus. Even more, numerous other high school students from throughout the Temecula Valley Unified School District also joined in service at the TVHS

campus.

In addition to the Temecula Rose Society Garden, Mary Phillips Senior Center, and Temecula Valley High School, TVHH volunteers also performed service for the Community Recreation Center and the Temecula United Methodist Church.

If you would like to see your hands become part of Temecula Valley Helping Hands in future projects, email TVHH at temeculavalleyhelpinghands@gmail.com.

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