San Jose Council Recognizes Beautiful Day On Eve of Volunteer Event

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In recognition of next week’s large-scale Beautiful Day service event in all 10 districts of the city and neighboring communities, the San Jose City Council unanimously awarded the group a special proclamation at its meeting on Tuesday.

“I really think San Jose has the best cadre of volunteers in the whole country,” said Councilmember Rose Herrera, as she presented the proclamation to Beautiful Day Executive Director Jon Talbert and his team in honor of National Volunteer Month.

Herrera encouraged residents to sign up as volunteers for the dozens of Beautiful Day projects around San Jose and the Silicon Valley, most of which take place Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29.  A few projects are available this weekend, April 21-22, and the week that follows. Thousands are expected to participate.

After accepting the proclamation, Talbert focused his comments on building relationships within the community as key to solving some of the city’s most pressing issues.

“When we look at the problems and issues of our city and we come in with our agendas I think the greatest thing we can do is seek to understand one another, and build a friendship and a connection that allows us to serve one another,” he said. “That has become evident with what what’s happened with Beautiful Day and with our friendship and our partnership with the city.”

Talbert said Beautiful Day organizers are working with staff people from every council district office to coordinate the service projects.

The proclamation reads in part:

“The City of San Jose takes great pride in volunteerism and on the week of April 22, it will be joining Beautiful Day and thousands of volunteers to transform neighborhoods citywide, by removing graffiti, picking up litter, mowing lawns, planting community gardens, brightening homes, school and homeless shelters while providing invaluable compassion based projects throughout Santa Clara County.”

If you’re interested in volunteering for any of the Beautiful Day projects, see the Projects Page on its website. Check out the Good Neighbor Stories Beautiful Day page, with past articles about the organization and specific projects.