Dublin Villager

Volunteers ready to tackle projects on Community Service Day


Leadership Dublin will lead more than 300 volunteers in yard work, cleaning and other work around the city May 4.

The 14th annual Community Service Day, organized by the nonprofit Leadership Dublin, is looking at a volunteer force more than 300 strong to work around the city early next month.

"We're going to have around 30 sites total: senior citizens' residences, schools, churches and other nonprofits serving the Dublin community," Leadership Dublin Program Coordinator Karen Hardin said.

Volunteers will be doing numerous activities for three to four hours May 4 to spruce up the community.

"It could be anything from washing windows outside, cleaning gutters, pruning bushes and shrubs to just raking leaves," Hardin said.

The Community Service Day is a major event for the group that has 15 in its adult program this year and reached a milestone with 31 in the youth program.

"We've been doing this for quite a while. We have great community support," Hardin said. "We do this flagship event every year and have lots of help from the city, of course, and lots of corporate sponsors."

Leadership Dublin works to prepare leaders for community involvement and teach them how to improve the community. Community Service Day is a lesson in Leadership Dublin goals.

"This is a day of community outreach that showcases how much can be accomplished when diverse people get together," Hardin said.

Community Service Day will kick off at 8:30 a.m. at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road, with registration and a continental breakfast. Volunteers will be given site assignments and a T-shirt.

"Around noon they'll return to the recreation center, where we'll provide lunch and hopefully a slideshow to show all the great things people have done," Hardin said.

Last year's Community Service Day drew about 300 volunteers and Hardin said this year's event is on its ways to surpassing 2012.

"With this rate we're thinking we'll be close to 375 or 400 (volunteers)," she said. "It is growing and we're hoping our sites will do the same. We want to keep everyone busy."

For more information on Community Service Day or to sign up, look online at leadershipdublin.org.