LAKE ELSINORE – Main Street Lake Elsinore is not what it used to be – not even what it was just a couple weeks ago.
That’s because the city’s Clean Extreme community service project on April 26 gave the historic venue a sprucing up with paint, weed trimming, flower planting, window washing, rock-spreading, trash hauling and a dose of good neighboring.
Beginning at 7 a.m. with a gathering of some 600 plus volunteers, sponsors, city staff and church leaders, work crews were organized, then embarked at 8 a.m. to tackle more than 50 pre-determined projects.
The tasks were located primarily along Main Street, but also included select assignments on Spring Street, Heald Ave., a community garden in Rosetta Canyon and mobile home parks on the west side of the lake.
“Clean Extreme was created to bring together our community to serve and improve an area of our city,” said Nicole Dailey, management analyst for the City of Lake Elsinore. “The results far exceeded our expectations and we are so thankful for the hundreds of volunteers who helped make a difference in our community.”
Much of the success of the project was due to extensive planning, spearheaded by Dan Lincoln, the project’s operations manager from the Lamb’s Fellowship Church. However, he suggested the success of the event was due to the unified effort.
“What struck me,” said Lincoln, “was the connection between the city, agencies, residents and the faith community. It could not be done without everyone doing their part.”
Those driving up or down Main couldn’t help but notice the sea of green T-shirts, touting the “Clean Extreme” logo and so many volunteers of all ages.
Joining in on the project for the first time, the Lake Elsinore Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided nearly 200 volunteers for the day. Church Director of Public Affairs Sara Holmes, said, “It has been inspiring to witness what can be accomplished when people are willing to sacrifice a little of their time and talents for the greater good of their community.”