Helping Hands complete service projects across Temecula Valley

Helping Hands’ volunteers, Zach Carpenter, Shawn Rivera, Josh Goss, David Goss, Tanner Mackay, Adam DeSchepper, Matt Hilbig, Casey Carpenter and Dean Slusser, spread mulch at Temecula Middle School Saturday, April 22. Courtesy photo
Helping Hands’ volunteers, Zach Carpenter, Shawn Rivera, Josh Goss, David Goss, Tanner Mackay, Adam DeSchepper, Matt Hilbig, Casey Carpenter and Dean Slusser, spread mulch at Temecula Middle School Saturday, April 22. Courtesy photo

Coinciding with Earth Day, nearly 600 men, women and children worked across Temecula Valley assisting in service projects at Temecula middle schools and at an elaborate rose garden, a volunteer favorite.

“It’s fun,” fifth-grade student Zach Carpenter of Abbey Reinke Elementary said. “I like doing service.”

Hundreds of people, including members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, participated in the Temecula Valley Helping Hands event Saturday, April 22, working at six different middle schools in Temecula as well as Rose Haven Heritage Garden.

“It’s a hot day outside,” 7-year-old Toomawut Munoa said. “It’s a lot of work, but I feel happy doing work for my community.

Locations benefiting from volunteer efforts included Bella Vista, James L. Day, Erle Stanley Gardner, Margarita, Temecula and Vail Ranch middle schools, as well as Temecula Valley Rose Society garden.

“I think it’s good for us,” Kaycee Munoa said. “Although I home-school my children, it’s good to get out and work together to improve all of our lives.”

Mae Slusser is a seventh-grade student at Temecula Middle School and a member of the Associated Student Body.

“Not a lot of people say they love middle school, but I can,” she said. “Doing service is a neat way to give back and show gratitude. I was working next to my best friend, Maddie, so the time went fast. Service is fun, especially when you get to do it with people you love.”

Every year the Temecula Valley Helping Hands service day is featured at www.justserve.org, a website that successfully matches local organizations with willing volunteers.

The website is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and can be freely utilized throughout the year. Justserve.org is available to anyone seeking service opportunities or service hours in the community. Projects for consideration can be submitted to by emailing [email protected].

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