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June 29, 2010 > Church group practices community service

Church group practices community service

By Simon Wong
Photos By courtesy of Nelson Kirk

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) actively practices missionary work and has more than 50,000 full-time missionaries, known more commonly as Mormon missionaries, around the world. They are not paid for their work but are supported by their families or themselves. Union City's community has benefitted from their volunteerism.

In April 2010, Mormon missionaries tended to the William Cann Memorial Park, the setting for Union City's civic center, to remove weeds, plant shrubs and trees and spread mulch in four areas of the park. Union City Public Works Department provided guidance and direction.

The week beginning June 14, Mormon Missionaries installed 1,200 feet of two-inch irrigation line and hooked in bubblers on flexible-line to water each silk floss tree along Railroad Avenue. These trees were recently planted by 17-year old Jason Nodora, assisted by his father Gaudencio, for his Irvington High School QUEST project about de-forestation in the United States (see "The QUEST for experience," June 25 issue of TCV). Union City Public Works staff Alex Quintero, Matt Bauchou and trench operator Chuck Bales explained what was required and managed the project.

Energetic LDS Church missionaries learned how to measure, cut and glue the pipe, backfilled the trench, staked and tied all the trees. These young men were taught irrigation skills and tree care. This volunteer work will help assure the trees' success.

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