Volunteers will Repair Eastman Boys and Girls Club on ‘Make A Difference Day’

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make a difference day long beachApproximately 100 students and staff from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), along with members of the non-profit organization Rebuilding Together Long Beach, will help repair the Eastman Facility Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach during the 20th annual national Make A Difference Day on Saturday, Oct. 23.

The repair project is one of six taking place that day throughout Long Beach under the auspices of the local Rebuilding Together chapter, part of a national organization that focuses on volunteerism to provide affordable home ownership and community revitalization.

“Make A Difference Day” is a national community service event co-sponsored by the HandsOn Network and USA Weekend magazine.

“Brett Waterfield in CSULB’s Office of Student Life and Development coordinates the volunteers for ‘Make a Difference Day’ and the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department provides student leaders for the project,” said Mary Anne Rose, president of Rebuilding Together Long Beach and assistant director of CSULB’s Learning Alliance program.

CSULB volunteers have participated in ” Make A Difference Day” for more than 10 years, often repairing and painting homes of elderly or disabled individuals. This year, they will help restore, waterproof and paint the Eastman Facility gymnasium, which suffered rainwater damage. The Long Beach Boys and Girls Club provides free after-school youth programs and free lunches for low-income residents.

Volunteers are still being accepted for the day. For more information, contact Rebuilding Together Long Beach, 562/490-3802, www.rebuildingtogetherlongbeach.org.

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