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January 21, 2009 > Clean a park

Clean a park

By Dustin Findley

Students who need community service can participate in the clean a park as a volunteer for the City. "The intent of the Clean A Park program is to assist or help the students that are in middle school to get their necessary hours to complete for their community service requirement" said Rosanna Cacao, program coordinator.

For the park clean up on January 24, and most parks, they only have room for 5 students so they can get their required 3 hours of service, but a waitlist is available.

Events require that most of the volunteers be at least 15 years old. They are directly dealing with community members "and so we found that a lot of times if they are still in middle school they don't have the maturity level to deal with some of the situations that might be posed on them on certain events. And so we created the Clean A Park for that particular age group" said Cacao.

The opportunities for volunteer are pretty minimal for this age group. The focus of the program is a volunteering venue for students, but "I always look for adult volunteers to take lead positions" Cacao said. All volunteers should fill out a volunteer application.

The spring parks and recreation guide for the City of Milpitas states that "All those interested in volunteering must complete an MVP application and pass the screening and interview process specific to a given opportunity."

The guide describes Clean A Park as a chance to pick up litter, pull weeds, rake leaves, check for graffiti. Minimum age is 11. A parent/legal guardian signature is required for those under 18 on the day of the event. Work gloves and hand tools will be provided.

The dates to clean a park are scheduled for January 24, February 28, March 29. Other volunteer opportunities include Arbor Day and Park Clean up on April 18 and Family Day on May 16. For more information contact (408) 586-3207.

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