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June 1, 2010 > Resonate Church makes positive impact on the community

Resonate Church makes positive impact on the community

Submitted By Nelson Kirk, City of Union City, and Ivy Wu

Union City's Arbor Day 2010 was a resounding success with the city's Public Works employees partnering with approximately 75 volunteers from Resonate Church. The latter's volunteers usually meet on Sundays at the Forest Park School, Fremont, but turned out in force and set up camp in front of the Holly Community Center, Union City., to celebrate Arbor Day.

Resonate Church members began with a short service officiated by Music Minister Scott Taylor and Pastor Ryan Kwon.

Church volunteers planted 60 maple and Jacaranda trees along the sidewalk backup-landscape in the westbound direction along Alvarado Boulevard, between the Holly Community Center and Union City Boulevard. They went to the trouble of weeding the landscaping to maintain its appearance.

Mayor Mark Green visited the volunteers and thanked them for their hard work. He expressed appreciation for their efforts on Union City's behalf and mentioned, in passing, other projects that might interest Resonate Church team.

Local merchants, such as WalMart, Starbucks, Fuddruckers, Pizza Patio and Safeway Supermarket, generously supported the event with food and refreshments which sustained the participants.

Some parents entertained their younger children in the Holly Community Center's Tiny Tots playground. They had also arranged a tour of Union City Fire Department's Station No. 2 where firefighters gave the youngsters a great learning experience.

Resonate Church volunteers are a well-organized group which positively impacted this year's Arbor Day Celebration in Union City; without their kind help, the project would have taken much longer to complete.

"Our church has a ministry called 'Community Connect,' the team that welcomes opportunities to serve the Tri-City area. We called Nelson Kirk, and he plugged us in right away. 'Trees for the City' is our third big project," said Kwon.

"Our first was the beautification of Oliveira Elementary School, Fremont. We bedded plants, painted buildings, re-paved broken walkways and provided each classroom with an emergency kit. Every three months, we perform oil changes for single moms in our community, wash their cars and prepare a BBQ lunch for them. We've provided the local fire and police stations with gift baskets and lunches in appreciation of their hard work to keep our cities safe. Our second big project was the renovation of five residences; we ask people to nominate neighbors in need and serve the selected families by undertaking painting, fixing, gardening, landscaping, building cabinets, electricals, etc.," said Kwon.

Most of the trees planted were Jacarandas which produce purple-blue flowers. The Jacaranda is native to tropical and sub-tropical regions of South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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