The first Saturday in May marks a Dublin tradition that has its roots in supporting the city's older residents.

The Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Dublin Community Service Day will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon May 5.

Service Day projects typically include weeding, putting down mulch, planting flowers and cleaning up yards.

The day will begin with volunteers gathering at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road, to get their assignments.

Alan Baker, Dublin Chamber of Commerce president, said the event dates to a 2000 Leadership Dublin project in which he participated.

The inaugural event was done in conjunction with the city's Earth Day celebration.

He and his leadership team saw potential for helping the elderly in the Dublin community, Baker said, and reached out to Dublin churches to get a list of elderly residents.

That first year, at least 200 people showed up, completing about a dozen projects for residents and projects for Dublin City Schools, such as painting playground equipment, Baker said.

Participation has grown, he said.

"It's not a huge time commitment; it's basically one morning," he said.

Although many elderly residents take pride in their homes, some are no longer physically able to do the outside tasks, Baker said.

"It just makes you feel good to help them out," he said.

Although the chamber of commerce provides many opportunities for community involvement, Margie Amorose, executive director at the chamber, said Service Day is one of her favorites.

"The individuals we help are so thankful; the volunteers walk away from this event with a heart-warming feeling and it is a perfect opportunity for area youth to learn about volunteering and giving back," she said.

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