Dozens of ways to show your love for Modesto next weekend

Come Saturday, it’s time to once again show some love for Modesto. Or Ripon, or Riverbank, or Hughson.

Love Modesto, launched in 2009 as an outreach project for Big Valley Grace Church, is a day dedicated to service projects and cleanup efforts citywide. Since its inception, it’s grown to include more than 60 cities which participate on different days. (Oakdale, for instance, had its “Love” day on Saturday, April 6.)

The day starts at 8 a.m. with a rally at Eighth and I streets in downtown Modesto. It promises to be a festive morning, with music and giveaways and refreshments provided by Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, Pepsi, Blue Diamond, Frito-Lay and Yogurt Mill, among others.

Kids also should find something to do, with activities and displays including firetrucks, ambulances, CHP, Sheriff and MPD patrol cars, motorbikes, a SWAT truck, K9s and horses.

After the rally concludes, participants meet up with their project leaders and then go to the locations where their projects are set.

And no matter what your skill set, you can find a project that will match it. The Love Modesto website lists dozens of efforts, ranging from taking part in South Modesto’s “Day of the Child” to decorating placemats for clients of Meals on Wheels.

Hundreds of openings remain unfilled, the site shows. Among those with the greatest numbers still needed are:

  • Thank You for Helping Me Bloom: Project creates floral writing pens to show appreciation for teachers, after-school caregivers, medical workers, etc., who serve others daily.
  • Beautify McHenry Avenue: From Five Points to Standiford Avenue, volunteers will pull weeds in between cracks on sidewalks, pick up litter, remove unwanted posters and signs from telephone poles etc.
  • Children’s book drive: Volunteers will place door hangers throughout neighborhoods to inform residents of a book pickup date. Volunteers then will return to the areas to collect the books.

The whole family is invited to take part, with each project helpfully marked if it’s appropriate for children of various ages.

To sign up for a project or for more information, go to