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Volunteers still needed for Saturday’s ‘Love Ceres’
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Love Ceres will be staged this Saturday. - photo by JEFF BENZIGER/ Courier file photo

“Love Ceres,” the faith-based effort to organize a morning of volunteer projects, takes place this Saturday and volunteers are needed.

The event, chaired this year by Keith and Brandy Meyer, is designed to demonstrate acts of love by helping others and tidy up the appearance of Ceres.

Last year over 225 volunteers showed up for 14 projects around Ceres. This year approximately 20 projects are planned with a number of volunteers needed as follows:

• Picking up trash along Central Avenue and Services Road, 10 volunteers needed;

• Painting at Blaker Kinser Jr. High School and staff appreciation, 15 more volunteers needed;

• Ceres High School project, more details are coming, 12 additional persons needed;

• Collecting donations for Ceres Partnership, 20 needed;

• Helping with childcare and providing games for volunteers’ children at the Ceres Community Center, five more persons needed;

• Cleaning up walking paths along Ceres canals, 14 needed;

• Helping Harvest Church members to collect donations for Davis Guest Home, 16 needed;

• Washing police and fire department vehicles and ambulances, six needed;

• Serving as greeters at the Love Ceres event, checking in volunteers and directing volunteers to project leaders, four needed;

• Setting up awnings, tables, chairs, banners, signs and sound equipment for the Love Ceres kickoff party, five more needed;

• Making appreciation cards for military veterans, seven more needed;

• Cleaning up the Ceres River Bluff Regional Park and its lower terrace near the river, 20 needed;

• Strawberry Park clean-up, 16 needed;

• Doing yard work for seniors and the disabled, 16 more needed.

Volunteers can sign up on the website,

Volunteers will gather at Whitmore Park at 8 a.m. for a free breakfast, kickoff party and receive direction on work assignments which will begin at 9 a.m. Breakfast food will be provided as well as Starbucks donating coffee, before the work begins.

The park will also be set up with informational booths by non-profit groups and the SWAT team and fire department information dispensed.

A hotdog and chips lunch will be provided afterward by the Rotary Club.

“We want everybody to try to come back to the park so that we can confirm the projects are completed, what if anything did not get finished, what needs to get finished, people can turn in their equipment and they can grab lunch.”

Child care will be offered to volunteers with children who are toilet trained at the Ceres Community Center.

Coinciding with Love Ceres, the downtown Ceres fire station will be giving tours provided there are no calls requiring trucks to roll.

Earlier this year Meyer asked for city sponsorship and a donation like last year, reporting that the “Love our Cities” efforts in Stanislaus County do not have as much funding as in past years. The sponsor who helped provide Love Ceres T-shirts is not available so the committee must buy them.

Supporting the “Love Ceres” get off the ground is the “Love Stanislaus County” group with inclusion on its website.

Anyone with questions may email Brandy Meyer at

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.