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'Love Ceres' event seeks Sept. 29 volunteers
Ceres is gearing up for its next "Love Ceres" community service event, which has been set for Saturday, Sept. 29 to organize volunteers to help make Ceres a better place to work, live and play.

Volunteers are being sought to help with 11 different projects throughout Ceres that day.

The event begins with a gathering at the Ceres Community Center at 9 a.m. After some welcoming introductions and a brief pep rally, the volunteers are released to meet with their respective project leaders and get their assignments.

Projects include a free car wash for seniors, free meals to those in need in the community, mentor a child, a parenting workshop, haircuts for children, parks and neighborhood clean-up, visits to a convalescent home, assisting at the Ceres Library, a prayer team and home and yard maintenance. Some projects are kid friendly and family orientated, while others are geared to adults only.

The day begins at 9 a.m. and all projects conclude at 12:30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to visit and sign-up for a project. More than 40 others cities throughout the valley will also be hosting "Love" events on the same day.

This is the fourth "Love Ceres" event held since 2011.

On April 28 approximately 450 persons volunteered to do good deeds for people they didn't know. The event was prompted by a Modesto church to offer hope and express loving deeds for the community. Many who turned out to work, however, were not affiliated with any church.

Mark Whitehead, pastor of Victory Assembly of God, said of the event: "We get to be a blessing and we get blessed. And one of the coolest things are the connections that are happening right here ... People get to know each other and our city becomes stronger."