Serve Santa Maria gears up for its 22nd community charity event

SANTA MARIA, Calif. — Serve Santa Maria and more than 15 local churches are gearing up for their annual volunteer event to clean up and rebuild the community this Saturday, August 20.

The non-profit organization has been hosting this event for two decades, except for the 2020 pandemic.

“We had over 200 people and we finished the job in an hour and a half. I think everyone was blown away, I was blown away,” Pastor Carl Nielson said.

Serve Santa Maria is looking for volunteers to help with their projects across the city.

You can select any project listed below. Volunteers should arrive at 9 a.m.

There will be three community projects.

“In fact, we’re sending a group back to paint below deck again. I think every few years the city feels like we should be taking back that territory,” Nielson said.

Their main and annual event is Santa Maria Bridge Painting which helps cover graffiti at 2625 S College Drive. They will need about 25 to 35 people.

There is also Centennial Park to Paint the Gazebo at 2625 S College Dr 25-35 people are needed.

“We are going to help the old people trim the bushes. We were helping them with things that they are not so able to do anymore. But some of us can. And so we hope to have several hundred people on Saturday. And if we do, we’ll have an amazing day,” Nielson said.

The community project’s third location is La Maria Mobile Home Park at 233 W. Monroe Street, which will help seniors with manual labor around the mobile park. They will also need 25 to 35 people.

There are two school projects at YMCA Santa Maria.

They will paint the USA map on the upper and lower play areas and color the entire play area. They need 25 to 35 people.

The second school project will take place at Miller Elementary School.

They will also paint the map of the United States and color the playing field. They need 25-35 people.

“If you want to get what I call the wizard high, you want to give and serve and help someone else. Because when we give, when we love and when we serve, we get that inner feeling that can’t be replicated,” Nielson said.

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