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Work Parties Seek Volunteers

Like a barn-raising, many hands will make it easy; even an hour of help is welcome

Volunteers willing to flex their muscles and help clean and shovel mud and debris are invited to a work party this Saturday, Jan. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Community volunteer coordinator Ann Richardson determined that the area most in need of numerous volunteers is the Willowbrook campus of Anneliese Schools. Flooding and mudslides last month damaged the campus. Parents and volunteers have so far worked to restore the campus to allow students to attend daily classes, but more labor remains to be done.

Any length of time volunteers can spare is welcome. Lunch will be provided by Anneliese staffers. Park on Laguna Canyon Road or in the campus lot at 20062 Laguna Canyon Road and check in with Elise or Terri.

Able-bodied volunteers of all ages are instructed to wear old clothes, gloves, and boots or shoes that can get muddy. Please bring your own tools, marked with your name. Needed for Saturday’s work party are: flat-end shovels, metal dirt rakes, and wheelbarrows.

“Gift cards and cash donations are welcome and very much appreciated, but there’s nothing like sore muscles to remind you of your physical contribution to helping Laguna return to normal,” added Richardson. “We invite members of local PTAs, gym members, workout classes, service clubs, neighborhood associations, and high school groups to come meet this challenge – and have a good time doing it.”

The Laguna Relief and Resource Center is coordinating in-kind contributions of clothing with the Assistance League’s Turnabout Thrift Store, at 526 Glenneyre Street, which will accept nearly new clothing donations for flood survivors.

Flood survivors in need of specific items or help should call LRRC director Donna Valenti at 949-212-9155. The center needs storage space, trucks to haul furniture items, and volunteers to help move heavy items. Please call if you have these to offer.

Photo by Faye Chapman

Sun Valley Drive homeowner Don Cook received a lot of help digging out last weekend from volunteers of the Mormon church.

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