Volunteers ready to ‘Build a Better Pleasant Hill’

Volunteers ready to ‘Build a Better Pleasant Hill’ will find plenty to do on Community Service Day

Volunteers ready to ‘Build a Better Pleasant Hill’
Volunteers repair donated bicycles during last year’s Community Service Day in Pleasant Hill park. (Pete Cruz photo)

Michael G. Harris, Pleasant Hill MayorPLEASANT HILL, CA (August 26, 2022) — After two years of limited gatherings because of the COVID-19 virus, I’m delighted to let you know that our annual Community Service Day (CSD) is back in 2022 with gusto.

Did you miss the community gathering at Pleasant Hill Park and the Lion’s Club free breakfast to start your day? Did you miss working hand-in-hand with families, friends and neighbors on projects to make our community an even better place to live and raise a family? Then join our community at Pleasant Hill’s 18th annual Community Service Day on Saturday, Sept. 24, and help “Build a Better Pleasant Hill.”

The event begins 7:30-9 a.m. at Pleasant Hill Park with registration and a pancake breakfast provided by the Lion’s Club. The first 500 volunteers will also get free T-shirts. Then enjoy working together on projects that will improve the quality of life in our city.

There will be more than 20 projects at school sites, parks, Grayson Creek and other locations. You can sign up for the Bike Buildathon at Pleasant Hill Park, the sewing project, the Contra Costa Food Bank Drive and many other great community projects. There are projects for people of all ages and abilities.

CSD registration is on the city website at www.pleasanthillca.org/volunteer. You, your church group, business, local organization, school, non-profit group or children’s youth group are encouraged to submit projects you think are important in helping make Pleasant Hill the best it can be. Deadline for project submissions is Sept. 15.

Local support

The Pleasant Hill Civic Action Commission organizes CSD, with support from many local schools, churches and civic groups. When I created CSD in 2005, I had no idea that 18 years later, the event would have logged almost 50,000 volunteer hours to improve the Pleasant Hill community. Together we have:

  • Cleaned up neighborhoods, schools, parks and creeks.
  • Planted scores of beautiful trees.
  • Landscaped parks and organic gardens.
  • Repaired more than 1,000 bicycles for donation to children in need.
  • Donated blood to save dozens of lives.
  • Collected more than 50 tons of food for the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano.
  • Helped children and seniors in need.

Pleasant Hill’s Community Service Day has been the inspiration for other cities to start their own volunteer service projects. CSD received the prestigious Helen Putnam Award from the League of California Cities for the best community service project in the state.

It’s a wonderful opportunity for families to work together on something truly worthwhile. Volunteering with members of your family will create special memories to treasure long after the day is over. Think of the lessons you’ll be teaching your children – and how good you will feel knowing that you helped “Build a Better Pleasant Hill.”

“Less Talk, More Action” was the theme of Pleasant Hill’s second Community Service Day. So, let’s have “Less Talk, More Action” on Sept. 24.

If you can’t join us, I hope you will look for other ways to help our community. Thank you.

Email questions and comments for Mayor Harris to mharris4ph@gmail.com