Volunteers plan day of God’s work

Hundreds of big-hearted community members grasping hammers, paint brushes and gardening gloves will volunteer their services Saturday in a collaborative mission to help others in the name of God.

Thirteen churches of diverse denominations are partnering to assist nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout San Luis Obispo County with projects small and large.

The day of volunteer efforts, dubbed Serve Day Central Coast, was launched 10 years ago by Rock Harbor Church in Southern California. Grace Church in San Luis Obispo continued the tradition locally.

Saturday’s event is the first time that local churches have collaborated to help spread the reach of their efforts.

“It is a good thing for churches to be seen working together in something like this,” said Charles Burleson, youth pastor at the First Baptist Church in San Luis Obispo. “It is a way for us to show unity in the body of Christ and get out and serve people. … It is about love with actions, not just words.”

Forty volunteers from the church will dedicate their Saturday to activities such as baking cookies for people living in assisted living facilities, helping perform ranch work at Sunny Acres, a “clean and sober” living facility in San Luis Obispo, and doing house maintenance for people not able to physically do it for themselves.

Volunteers are still needed for varying projects throughout the county, including yard work and beautifying at multiple school sites, painting the front doors of 21 low-income apartments in San Luis Obispo and pounding nails back into the Pismo Pier that have become loose.

For a full list of projects, visit www.servedaycentralcoast.com.