Update: Super Volunteer Weekend Includes ‘Giant Sweep’ Event in SF


Giant Sweep EventEarlier this week I told you about what I’m dubbing as the Bay Area’s “Super Volunteer Weekend”, with numerous volunteer and charity walks taking place all over the region. Beautiful Day and Compassion Weekend alone could attract more than 10,000 volunteers. Now add a “Giant Sweep” event on Saturday, April 27, sponsored by the San Francisco Giants, the City of San Francisco, and Starbucks.

I don’t normally visit Starbucks, so I”m not surprised I missed the news that the company declared April as the “Global Month of Service,” and Saturday, April 27, as the “Global Day of Service”. It’s all part of a community service initiative of Starbuck’s to rack up 1 million hours of community service amongst participating staffers and patrons by the year 2015.

On Saturday the company is partnering with the San Francisco Giants and the City of San Francisco for a Giant Sweep anti-litter event. The public is invited to meet at 8:30 a.m. at the U.N. Plaza, 1150 Market St., for a kickoff ceremony, followed by clean up events located all over the city.

Giant Sweep was launched in February 2012, to encourage residents to help keep the city litter-free. Saturday’s rally is, “to recognize our on-going partnership with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and San Francisco Department of Public Works,” according to the Starbucks website.

After the rally, volunteers will board chartered buses to travel to the various projects. Work includes painting, cleaning, weeding, pruning, and planting. The buses bring volunteers back to U.N. Plaza for a “Thank You Celebration”, with food, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. More than 450 people have already registered to attend, but the site says it needs at least 1,000 volunteers for the projects.

“Remember the power of ‘YOU+1’ and invite someone to volunteer with you, they in turn can invite someone and so on and so forth. Looking forward to beautifying San Francisco neighborhoods and communities with “YOU+1″ on April 27th,” the site states.

Will you be volunteering or walking in a charity walk this weekend? Send me your photos and I’ll post them on the site!


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