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Volunteers sought for service day at Rusch Park

By Sara Beth Williams–
Volunteers are being sought for a service day at Rusch Park from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 10, in honor of the National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Volunteers are encouraged to come “ready to help” with a personal pair of work gloves and meet in the parking lot near the Rusch Home on the west end of the park accessible from Rosswood Drive, according to an event flier.  The Kiwanis Club and JustServe will be hosting a light lunch afterward.

Projects will include repainting restroom buildings, benches, curbs and the playground, along with spreading and raking bark, trimming roses in the rose garden, and general weeding and clean up throughout the park.

Sept. 11 was officially designated as the National Day of Service and Remembrance under the 2009 Serve America Act.

The local event is being hosted by JustServe in partnership with the Sunrise Recreation and Park District, along with support from the Citrus Heights Homeless Assistance Resource Team, Kiwanis Club, the local Chamber of Commerce and Citrus Heights Area Seven Eight Nine neighborhood association.

Wayne Edmundson, parks and facilities superintendent with Sunrise Recreation and Park District, said in an email to The Sentinel that this is the first time the district has worked with JustServe, which is coordinating and recruiting other local groups to volunteer.

According to the organization’s website, is an effort spearheaded by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to help link community volunteer needs with volunteers. Visitors can type in their city or zip code online to search for active projects in search of volunteers.

Under its “about” page, JustServe says it does not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation in either the posting of community service projects or in encouraging volunteers to serve.

Those interested in more information can visit the local event’s page at

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