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City of Eureka marks Volunteer Month with community events

Old Town Gazebo in Eureka. The volunteer month event on Sep. 24 will beautify the surrounding Old Town Area.
Old Town Gazebo in Eureka. The volunteer month event on Sep. 24 will beautify the surrounding Old Town Area.
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September is Volunteer Month in Eureka and the city's Community Services Department is marking the occasion with a series of volunteer events around the area.

This is the first year the City of Eureka has held a volunteer month. Eureka Community Services Coordinator Jim Thomas told North Coast News, that last year's Neighborhood Beautification Program inspired this. It's also a follow-up to Mayor Susan Seaman's Good Neighbor Week so the city said this is a combination of both.

The other events include painting a community mural at Hammond Park and a Coastal Clean Up day near the Wharfinger building. Thomas went on to say the volunteers make all the difference for many of their projects.

"Volunteers make a big impact for us. We couldn't do some of the projects that we do without them, we have a lot of different projects going on, and only so many people that are employed [with the city]. So it's hard to keep up with some things sometimes, but we are very appreciative of everybody who comes down and helps pick up trash or helps with the landscaping," Thomas said.

Those who volunteer at all four events, they'll be entered into a drawing for a $250 Pierson's gift card or a $25 gift certificate to the Carter House Inn.

You can view more details on each of the events from the city's press release below:

Join us on September 3rd to beautify the Eureka Boardwalk at the foot of F St. from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. At this event, we will work on improving the existing flower planters by removing dead plants and weeds, replanting with native species, and picking up trash around surrounding areas.

Join us on September 10th at Hammond Park located at 14th and E St. from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The goal of this volunteer event is to place and seal new picnic tables, paint a community mural on the restroom, improve existing flower beds, and more. There will be free pizza for those who attend.

Join us on September 17th from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in partnership with the California Coastal Commission and Northcoast Environmental Center for Coastal Cleanup Day. We will meet at the Wharfinger building at 1 Marina Way and work on removing litter from surrounding areas.

Join us on September 24th at the Gazebo in Old Town on 2nd and F St. from 10 a.m to 12 p.m. An ongoing project is underway with the Da Gou Rou Louwi’ Cultural Center to improve the landscaping of the tree planters surrounding the gazebo. As our last event of Volunteer Month, and in concert with Good Neighbor Week, we will host a free community BBQ for those who participate. We will also do the grand prize drawing for those who attended all 4 events.

All of these events are family-friendly and all supplies are provided. All youth should have a guardian in attendance and please bring appropriate clothing and a water bottle.

Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers for your efforts. You amplify this amazing community!

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Please reach out to Jim Thomas at 707-441-4080 if you have any questions.

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