Beautiful Day Dawning: Group Calls Out to Volunteers for April Service Week


Beautiful Day, San Jose’s largest annual volunteer service event, is back next month with ambitious plans to serve all 10 districts of the city, plus a nonprofit farm in Sunnyvale, and miles of the area’s freeways.

With the theme of “Serving Our Community is How We Roll”, the organization is putting out a call for thousands of volunteers to take action between April 21 and 29. Most of the projects are taking place the weekend of April 28-29. The Beautiful Day website includes information on each project and an easy online registration form for those interested.

From fixing houses, to rehabilitating school campuses, to cleaning creeks and putting on a carnival and dance for special needs students, there are numerous opportunities to serve. Many of the projects are family friendly.

The faith-based group collaborates with local governments, nonprofits, churches, and businesses to pull off the large number of projects concentrated in one week. Since 2004 the event has grown from smaller clean-up and fix-up projects to the massive operation it is today. Beautiful Day organizers estimate that approximately 2,400 volunteers participated in last spring’s one-week event—and they may double that this April.

Executive Director Jon Talbert told Good Neighbor Stories last year that the 2011 event jumped “to a whole new level” after the San Jose City Council voted unanimously to make the service week a city-wide event.

This year Talbert is challenging the group to tackle projects in all 10 San Jose districts. In order to accomplish the huge goal, he reached out to churches in each of the districts to take the lead in organizing and leading projects. Talbert also serves as the Compassion Pastor for Westgate Church in San Jose.

In the meantime, Beautiful Day leaders have spent the last few months planning to reprise some of their most popular and successful past projects.

For example, Jim Buchanan and Bob Froese, the two retired police officers who organized a massive rehabilitation operation in Alviso last year, are setting their sites on the Burbank and Gardner neighborhoods. Another leader is taking on projects in Al, viso for this year’s event.

Buchanan and Froese spent the last few months canvassing the neighborhoods looking for homeowners in need of help fixing their homes. Buchanan said that they are especially in need of some experienced trades people and contractors.

Also returning are projects to fix up an elementary school, reaching out to the homeless living along creek beds, assisting other homeless people as they move into housing, and hosting a party for students with disabilities.

New this year are projects at San Jose’s Municipal Rose Garden and at Full Circle Farm in Sunnyvale. At the Rose Garden volunteers will pull weeds and spread mulch amidst the garden’s 4,000 rose bushes. There will be weeding, tilling and more at the nonprofit Full Circle Farm.

Also on this year’s rotation is “Trash It”, a litter clean-up operation along the area’s freeways. Last November Beautiful Day collaborated with Caltrans to organize volunteers from the community to pick up trash for one weekend. More than 150 people picked up 1,200 cubic feet of trash, enough to fill a 20-foot moving truck with bags left over.

“It clearly struck a chord with the community that if a group is leading it, ‘I’ll step up and help,’” Talbert said at a recent leadership meeting.

More projects are being developed and will be announced as the 2012 Beautiful Day week approaches.


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