$100,000 In Volunteer Labor Helps High Desert Parks, Schools

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)–Free labor and equipment services recently donated by a small army of volunteer workers topped the $100,000 mark, San Bernardino County officials said.

Some 909 volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints fanned out across the Victor Valley on April 27 as part of the statewide Mormon Helping Hands project. Using the county’s own wage rates, the value of the volunteer labor is worth $98,599. The donated use of lifts to trim trees, chain saws and a power trencher pushed the total value over $100,000, First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood said.

“This is truly an admirable example of faith in action – right here in our local community,” said Lovingood, who visited with volunteers at Mojave Narrows Regional Park in Victorville.

About 276 volunteers at Mojave Narrows cleared brush, cleaned the boat house, cut up downed trees, cut mistletoe, and built corrals at the park.  Park Ranger Rae McBryant was appreciative of the help. “I’ve been fighting, what, three years or four years to get these corrals,” said McBryant.

In Apple Valley, approximately 200 people came to Apple Valley High School where, armed with hula hoes, paint brushes and other various tools in hands, they cleaned up five Apple Valley Unified Schools:  Willow Park High School, Granite Hills High School, Yucca Loma Elementary, Sitting Bull Academy and Vanguard Preparatory School.

In Hesperia some 329 volunteers from each shared 2 to 4 hours in helping to beautify our parks and recreational resources in Hesperia. At Silverwood Lake Recreation Area about 97 adults, youth, and children cleaned camp sites, cleared and refurbished hiking trails, remote picnic areas, replaced rotted boards and painted park benches in poor repair. In addition in our city parks some 106 volunteers cleaned and sanitized playground play scrapes and picnic tables. At our city golf course 126 youth and adults and families converged at 7:30 AM to paint tee boxes, yardage markers, salvaged buried golf balls at the driving range and completely replaced a roof on a restroom building.

A smaller group of about 48 people worked at Grassy Hollow Visitor Center & Big Pines Lodge in the Angeles National Forest raking pine needles, cleaning restrooms, and picking up trash to get them ready for the summer visitors.

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