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Pleasant Hill’s 13th Annual Community Service Day

Aug 27, 2017 04:12PM ● By Michael Harris

Pleasant Hill’s 13th Annual Community Service Day

Michael G. Harris, OD

Join Friends and Neighbors at Community Service Day and Build a Better Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill’s 13th Annual Community Service Day is Saturday, September 23, beginning at Pleasant Hill Park with registration and a pancake breakfast provided by the Lion's Club from 7:30 to 9am. The first 500 volunteers will also get a free T-shirt. All volunteers also receive snacks and drinks to take to project sites. Then, enjoy working with friends, family, and neighbors on projects that will improve the quality of life in our city.

There will be more than 20 projects at school sites, parks, Grayson Creek, and other locations to choose from. You can sign up for the Bike Buildathon at Pleasant Hill Park, the sewing project at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, the Contra Costa Food Bank Drive, and many other great community projects. There are projects for people of all ages and abilities. 


The Community Service Day (CSD) registration page is on the city website at You, your church, business, local organization, school, non-profit group and children’s’ youth group are encouraged to submit projects you think are important in helping make Pleasant Hill the best it can be. The deadline for project submissions is September 15. CSD is organized by the Pleasant Hill Civic Action Commission and supported by many local schools, churches, and civic organizations.

I'm often asked how I came up with the idea for Community Service Day, which was launched by the Civic Action Commission during my first year as mayor, in 2005. The idea was inspired by a quote from John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address: "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" and a program at Temple Isaiah called “Mitzvah Day,” where congregants volunteer to spend a day helping others. The term "mitzvah" is often translated as a “good deed.” It really means we have a commitment to make the world a better place and to help others. What better way to combine John F. Kennedy's quote and the idea of mitzvah than to have a Community Service Day in Pleasant Hill?


Over the past twelve years, more than 40,000 volunteer hours have been logged to improve the Pleasant Hill community. Together we have:

  • Cleaned up neighborhoods, schools, parks, and creeks
  • Planted scores of beautiful trees
  • Landscaped parks and organic gardens
  • Repaired over 1,000 bicycles for donation to children
  • Donated blood to save scores of lives
  • Collected over 18 tons of food for the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano
  • Helped children and seniors in need


Last year, over 800 volunteers worked on 22 projects around the city.  They did clean-ups at local schools, planted new shrubs in their neighborhood, gave blood, repaired bicycles which were then donated to needy children, restored a creek, and so much more.


Pleasant Hill’s Community Service Day has been the inspiration for other cities to start their own volunteer service projects and was the recipient of the prestigious Helen Putnam Award from the League of California Cities.


What a wonderful opportunity for families to work together on something truly worthwhile. Working with members of your family will create special memories you will treasure long after the day is over. Think of the lessons you’ll be teaching your children. And think how good you will feel knowing that you helped make Pleasant Hill an even better place to live. 

I look forward to seeing you at Pleasant Hill’s 13th annual Community Service Day on Saturday, September 23. You can “Make a Difference” in Pleasant Hill!.  If you can’t join us, I hope you will look for other ways to help our community.   Thank you.



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