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95 signed up for ‘Love Ceres’ so far
Love Ceres trash pickup
Volunteers like this one who was picking up trash in the April 2018 "Love Ceres" are signing up for the April 30 event. - photo by JEFF BENZIGER/Courier file photo

“Love Ceres,” the faith-based organization of work projects to take place on Saturday, April 30, has garnered 95 volunteers and 10 committee members.

The event is designed to help others and improve the appearance of Ceres.

Brandy Meyer and husband Keith are spearheading the event, which is set for Saturday, April 30. The plan is to have volunteers gather at Whitmore Park at 8 a.m. and receive direction on work assignments. The Lions Club will feed volunteers with hot breakfast burritos. Project work will begin at 9 a.m. at designated locations.

“We currently have nine projects scheduled throughout the city,” said Meyer. “Five of our projects are clean-up and/or abatement projects.”

Volunteers are still welcome to sign up for a project online at The first 100 volunteers will receive T-shirts.

Various businesses have committed to give volunteers a discount on purchases made on that Saturday if the “Love Ceres” sticker is shown. They will be given out during registration at 8 a.m.

Supporting the “Love Ceres” get off the ground is the “Love Stanislaus County” group with inclusion on their website. Anyone can visit to sign up if interested or email Brandy Meyer at

Love Ceres was lasted held in Ceres in 2018 and drew an army of volunteers who picked up trash and cleaned up areas of the city. In years past, projects have included interacting with residents of a Ceres rest home facility, maintenance projects and car washings for seniors and shut-ins, feeding homeless persons, mentoring children, parks and neighborhood clean-up, assisting at the Ceres Library, a prayer team and home and yard maintenance.

Jeff Pichney of Big Valley Grace started Love Modesto and it was spread to Ceres in 2011 partially through the efforts of Bryan and Becki Nicholes.