involvement in community projectsThe offices of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Councilman Bill Rosendahl are scheduled to host the 2008 Day of Service at the Mar Vista Recreation Center, 11430 Woodbine Ave., Mar Vista, Saturday, January 26th.

Registration for the event begins at 7 a.m.

Residents in Mar Vista and surrounding neighborhoods, including Del Rey, Venice and Westchester, plan to work together on more than 30 separate projects to benefit the local neighborhoods. The goal of the Day of Service is to address community needs, provide public education and strengthen community partnerships.

The Day of Service is a great opportunity for community involvement and a way to engage and connect local resources and assets — both human and organizational — from schools, businesses, Neighborhood Councils, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, city departments, the offices of public officials and parent and youth groups, according to a spokesman for the mayor.

Since the first Day of Service four years ago, the City of Los Angeles and its community members have worked hand in hand to rehabilitate neglected homes of senior citizens, create art in local parks and plant gardens throughout the city, according to the mayor’s office. Church groups, community organizations, office workers and school children have participated in service projects that benefited hundreds of nonprofit organizations and their local neighborhoods.

Whether it’s planting trees, painting murals, cleaning streets or volunteering in retirement homes, anyone can participate in Day of Service as long as they are willing to give their time.

In the cooperative spirit of service and giving back to the community, churches and temples, business and labor, schools and parents, nonprofit organizations and residents in the community may participate at the 2008 Day of Service.

The event is expected to bring together members of various religious denominations, racial and ethnic groups, and neighborhoods across the city to work together for the improvement of the communities, the mayor’s spokesman said.

Information on how to participate in the 2008 Day of Service event, Stephen Cheung at ste phen.cheung@lacity.org.

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