January 04, 2010

Inspiration Monday: Community Center win!

Are you ready for some inspiration? As part of our regular "Inspiration Monday" series, today we're presenting a story that's a bit older, but it's so amazing it bears repeating. This story is a particularly good example of all the amazing changes that can come to a community once people start working together to make a difference.

Julio Salcedo, site director for Lytle Creek Park, in San Bernardino, Calif. shared with KaBOOM! the amazing ripple effects brought about by their playground build on March 29, 2008 as part of the Cesar Chavez Day of Service with CaliforniaVolunteers. All these things happened within one month of the playground build.

  • The plots in the community garden created on Build Day were all adopted by families, who planted a variety of vegetables and fruit trees.
     
  • The teenagers involved in the build formed a community service club, and they take care of the plants around the center and worked on creating a walking path in the area.
     
  • Attendance at the community center near the playground was off the charts one month following the build! They used to feed lunch to 25 kids a day, and after the build they had to order 70 lunches each day for the kids. They used to serve 40 to 50 people visit on an average day, and one month after the build the numbers were closer to 120.
     
  • Even more amazingly, the very first Lytle Creek Community Association meeting took take place shortly after the build, including reps from the sheriff's department, code enforcement, health and human services, and animal services.

Now, tell me: what inspires you?

"Inspiration Monday" is a regular KaBOOM! blog feature.

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