A class project from Leadership Dublin students is aiming to recruit 400 people to work throughout the city in the 13th year of the service program.

A class project from Leadership Dublin students is aiming to recruit 400 people to work throughout the city in the 13th year of the service program.

Community Service Day, a Leadership Dublin flagship event, is looking for volunteers to help with spring cleanup projects from 9 a.m. to noon May 5.

"We're looking for about 400 volunteers," said Karen Hardin, Leadership Dublin executive director.

"Last year there were just over 300 so we're trying to get a few more this year," Hardin said.

"We have online registration this year, which is new for us and it's been a huge success so far. We have around 150 (volunteers) so far."

Volunteers can sign up for Service Day online or the day of the event.

"If they sign up, we'll find something for them to do," Hardin said.

Volunteers will be dispatched to 30 sites throughout Dublin including the residences of senior citizens, schools, churches and nonprofit organizations.

"We have seniors requesting window cleanings, gutter cleaning, weeding, planting flowers, trimming bushes and mulching," said Christine Nardecchia, Dublin's volunteer coordinator.

"When we speak with the seniors, they're always so grateful and ask how much they owe us," Nardecchia said.

"It's a nice message to send to our senior citizens that volunteers will do this."

Community Service Day was a class project created 13 years ago by students in the program that works to get people involved with leadership and volunteer work throughout Dublin.

"This is the 13th year we'll be having this event," Hardin said.

"It originated as one of the Leadership Dublin class projects," she said. "That's kind of exciting."

"The city is thrilled to partner, as always, with Leadership Dublin," Nardecchia said.

Schools, organizations and businesses encourage students, volunteers and employees to give their time during the Service Day.

"We have groups of schools joining us and working on their building," Hardin said.

"There are several community churches involved. Some are doing work at their own property," she said.

"Most are volunteering in groups to help the community whether it is a school, church (or) senior citizen," Hardin said.

"There are a couple companies using this as a team-building experience."

"This is an awesome family opportunity," Nardecchia said.

Community Service Day is set to begin at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road.

Volunteer sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and participants can get a T-shirt and breakfast.

After the work is completed, volunteers are urged to return to the recreation center for a light lunch.

All work is done outside and volunteers are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring work or gardening gloves as well as landscaping or gardening tools and water.

Volunteers can sign up for Community Service Day by calling 614-761-0694 or online at leadershipdublin.org.

Work will be done rain or shine.

If there is severe weather or storms, Hardin said volunteers can call Leadership Dublin or will be emailed.