Compton, CA, October 10, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- On Saturday, October 19th 7am, Emerson Elementary on Caldwell St. will have over 450 yellow shirt volunteers cleaning and painting the school. In addition to the elementary school, over 1,000 volunteers will revitalize the building of Compton Youth Build (non-profit), 15 homes in the city of Compton, a local church and build plant boxes in the community garden.
The Compton Initiative is a non-profit that partners with other entities to coordinate quarterly service projects to bring restoration and hope to the community of Compton. Since 2006, the Compton Initiative completed 443 homes, 282 School Buildings, 28 Church Buildings, 21 Public Spaces, 2 Medical Clinics, and 96 Murals. Each Work Day attracts over 1,500 volunteers in yellow shirts from local and surrounding areas. The crowds of yellow shirts arrive at a designated elementary school for a morning pep talk and take off to their assigned locations. Volunteers young and old participate in the cleaning and painting of their sites.
At the April Compton workday pep rally, Deputy Sheriff Rafer Owens encouraged the volunteers. Mr. Owens inspired the crowd “you [volunteers] are making a difference in a city that needs you. As you paint, as you laugh, as you joke…The city of Compton and people’s lives will be changed.”
“We feel so honored that Compton YouthBuild has been chosen as a work site for the Compton Initiative. We stress to our young people the importance of giving back to the community and they are so thankful the community is giving back to them,” Mrs. Sara Silva, Director of Operations of Compton YouthBuild. “Beautifying our building will be an inspiration to not only our program, but also the entire neighborhood.” Micaela G., member of Compton YouthBuild and mural committee shared. "The Compton Initiative is creating a ripple effect - improving one space at a time. The effect of each project has lasting repercussions that will move throughout the City. Thank you for including us in this work day!” Mrs. Kim Hughes, Director of Programs.
Volunteers interested in the October 19th service day can visit www,justdogood.org to sign up.