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2016 

Thank you

Our 2016 César Chávez Day of Service was Thursday, March 31. View Pictures Here.

Participants chose from the following service sites:

  • Brother Benno’s Organizing the thrift store: This project will involve sorting all variety of donations. Volunteers can work on straightening clothing racks, accept donations, or sort and stock various household items. Volunteers are advised to wear comfortable shoes. Maximum volunteer count: 15
  • City of Oceanside, Joe Balderrama Recreation Center Neighborhood Beautification - Painting: Volunteers will be painting the exterior of the Joe Balderrama Recreation Center from top to bottom. Maximum volunteer count: 30
  • Community Resource Center Building Beautification & Food Pantry Organizing: We will be making improvements to the administrative and services building by painting the surrounding metal fence and cleaning windows, screens, and decorative metal bars. Volunteers will also be cleaning the Food Distribution Center which will include wiping down shelves and reorganizing items. Volunteers are advised to wear clothes that can get paint on them and closed toed shoes. Maximum volunteer count: 20
  • Dragon Organics Gardening: Volunteers will perform farm activities on the 14 acre farm including weeding, cultivating, and picking strawberries if they are ripe. The farm is on the property of San Pasqual Academy and the produce grown is provided to the resident foster youth.   Volunteers are advised to wear closed toed shoes, long pants, and a hat for sun protection. Maximum volunteer count: 60
  • North County Community Services Gardening: Volunteers will work with the farm manager to preparing the gardens for the next planting.  This involves working the soil, digging out Bermuda grass, prepping the garden beds and laying mulch. All the produce grown in these gardens is provided to their subsidized preschools. Volunteers are advised to wear clothes that can get dirty and closed toed shoes. Maximum volunteer count: 40

On-site at CSUSM Main Campus:

  • Ethnobotany Garden Gardening: Volunteers will first learn about the ethnobotany garden;  how it came to fruition, the community engagement efforts (e.g. Universidad Popular collaboration), the different dedicated areas, and connections to courses on campus.  Volunteers will then work on a couple different projects:  1) volunteers will weed out a section of non-native plants that currently have over grown a certain area, 2) re-develop walk ways through the garden, 3) pull plants that have not survived, 4) help replace signage of plants, 5) re-woodchip areas along the pathways that need to be re-covered. Maximum volunteer count: 20
  • Sustainable Food Project Garden Gardening: Volunteers will first learn about the garden and how it connects students to coursework as well as gives students the opportunity to grow fruits and veggies, which then they can take home to make healthy, organic meals.  Volunteers will then work on a couple different projects:  1) volunteers will weed out sections of the garden, 2) Linseed Oil benches that are used during class (linseed seals the benches and helps protect from the elements),  3) Spread wood chips in a few areas that need coverage, 4) Build an Owl Box. Maximum volunteer count: 20

CSUSM at Temecula Project:

  • Habitat for Humanity, Temecula Building Beautification: The Brush with Kindness Program is a low-cost exterior home repair program for local low-income & disabled homeowners, who cannot perform the work themselves. The scope of work for the project will include whole house exterior painting and yard work at a residence in Temecula.