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November 25, 2011 > Make a Difference Day

Make a Difference Day

Submitted By Nelson Kirk

Make a Difference Day (MADD) is the foremost example of and occasion on which community members help each other. This is a national celebration of neighborliness and community spirit. Everyone can participate. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, MADD takes place annually on the fourth Saturday of October.

In Union City, the Lions Club and local volunteers planted native trees and shrubs, spread mulch and removed debris at the East Bay Regional Park District's Dry Creek Garden Meyers Estate. The front elevation of the 10th Street Community Center was painted by public works staff and volunteers. The William Cann Civic Center Park received some new flowering shrubs and trees and the lagoon island was weeded and mulched. "No Dumping Drains to Bay" was stenciled on surrounding drain inlets and two flower beds were planted and mulched with the help of Cesar Chavez Middle School students, Logan High School students and Cub Scouts Pack 268.

Liberty Park received picnic area improvements, play ground repairs, new signage, some new trees and the sound wall was painted. Amy Court's two island medians were planted with flowering shrubs and the sprinklers repaired. All these improvements were done by Boy Scouts of America Troops 110 and 273. Also thanks to our community volunteers who helped with each project.

Union City's MADD sponsors, who gave generously to help fund the projects, were Ghirardelli Associates, Roma Design, Chevron Energy Solutions and Ruggeri-Jensen-Azar.

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