|Members of the Mapleton Ward of the Mormon church unload dirt at horse stables at a home in Menifee.|
About 300 adults and children from local churches, plus other community volunteers, spread out throughout town, performing various service projects. Cleaning up yards and making home repairs, volunteers worked in groups at 15 houses of Menifee seniors and others in need. Other volunteers performed street clean-up in Quail Valley, while still others collected trash and recyclables at Kabian Park.
Sobek is also chair of the Menifee Interfaith and Community Service Council, which unites local churches in acts of service. In addition to many wards in the LDS Menifee Stake, churches represented Saturday included Elevation Church, Faith Lutheran Church, New Hope Church, Menifee United Methodist Church and St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church. Other groups were represented, including the Rotary Club, Auto Air Pro and Evans Brown Mortuary.
In addition, Target donated items for the event and Verizon presented a check for $7,500 to Craig Evans, president of Inland Valley Habitat for Humanity.
"You are helping the community selflessly," said city council member Greg August, who addressed the volunteers along with councilman John Denver. "This sends a positive and invigorating message. There is nothing more important in our community than a project like this."
In Quail Valley, residents lined up in their vehicles outside Kabian Park to dump trash and unwanted items in containers maintained by awaiting volunteers.
"We've done many trips to the dump before. This load is about the last remnants of it, so she called the boys and we're out here, giving her a helping hand."
Volunteers returned to the Sun City Civic Association facility afterward for a barbecue, celebrating an important day for the people of Menifee.
"Today, you are God's angels," Sobek told the group.
Another opportunity for community members to come together will take place on Thursday, May 2, when the Interfaith Council hosts Menifee's observance of the National Day of Prayer with a special program at the Veterans' Memorial in Wheatfield Park. That event will begin at noon.
|Officials were pleasantly surprised with the large turnout of volunteers for Saturday's event.|
|Young church members find a way to have fun while cleaning up Kabian Park in Quail Valley.|
|Mormon missionaries pick up trash alongside a street in Quail Valley.|
|City council members John Denver and Greg August greet volunteers at the check-in center.|
|(From left): Jaylee, Kimberly and Drew Conaway help their parents clean up brush at Kabian Park.|