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‘Love Ceres’ happens Saturday morning
• Volunteers sign up for 15 work projects to improve Ceres
Love Ceres backstop 2022
Volunteers will turn out Saturday to do assorted "Love Ceres" work projects, such as when Leilah Elsumeri, Peyton Vierra and Natalie Horton turned out in 2022 to paint the backside of one of the Ceres High School baseball dugout buildings. - photo by JEFF BENZIGER/ Courier file photo

“Love Ceres” will take place Saturday with 208 volunteers signed up so far for 15 scheduled work projects.

Brandy Meyer, who is spearheading the event, said she expects last minute volunteers based on past experience.

Projects include trash pickups in downtown Ceres, Strawberry Park cleanup, washing first-responder vehicles, George Costa baseball field cleanup, repairs to children’s playground equipment at Ceres Partnership for Healthy Children, cleaning up the soccer fields at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park, making “affirmation rocks” for the community garden, making thank you cards for first-responders, assembling go bags for victims of domestic violence, collecting pet food for the local animal shelter, painting a mural at Ceres High School and story reading at Ceres Library

Volunteers will be asked to show up at the 8 a.m. rally in Whitmore Park. The Ceres Lions Club has will cook breakfast burritos to give volunteers a nutritional start to their hours of work. Meyer said informational booths will be offered at the park as well. Plans are to offer fun games before the work starts.

Workers will be offered a free Love Ceres T-shirt being partially donated by the Pentecostal Church of Ceres.

The Love Ceres website ( is where volunteers may sign up for a specific project.

Last year the city donated $2,500 to help with expenses. The City Council agreed to make a donation for this year’s event to cover website and insurance costs, dumpster costs, trash grabbers, signs, paint, gloves and cards.

Cost Less Foods is donating bottles of water and Ceres Code Enforcement is offering coffee and donuts.