Weed and Seed volunteers take off for a Disney Day
2010-04-13 · By Editor
Local youth reap the benefits of service this week as they loaded onto a chartered bus headed to Disneyland.
More than 50 youth, all members of the Long Beach Weed and Seed Program, went on the trip. They volunteered a day of service and received a free day at Disney per the “Give a Day, Get a Day” ticket program. The Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews registered the City of Long Beach’s’ Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace and Unity Parade and Celebration event so that volunteers would have the opportunity to receive a free ticket to Disneyland.
“I am very grateful to Disney and its partners for allowing our youth this opportunity. It has taught our children the very important feeling that volunteering gives to the human spirit and reminds them of the awards that one can reap from volunteering,” said Councilman Dee Andrews.
The youth volunteered throughout Peace Week, a weeklong celebration of events leading up to the Martin Luther King celebration which included the groundbreaking for the Community Peace Garden, where the youth from the local community will receive green job training and jobs related to the upkeep and growth of the garden. The youth also volunteered at the annual celebration in Dreamland, the youth and teen area of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, where they assisted in the Arts and Crafts tent.
The “Give a Day, Get a Day” ticket program was a promotion from Hands On Network, a non profit organization that inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world. Over one million people have made an impact on their local communities by volunteering through the Give A Day. Get A Disney Day. The goal of inspiring one million people to serve was reached in less than ten weeks time. Thanks to the tremendous spirit, dedication and passion for civic change that volunteers share.
The trip to Disneyland was completed with transportation provided by Supervisor Don Knabe’s Office and Councilman Dee Andrews provided lunch.
The Long Beach Weed and Seed Strategy aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse and gang activity in Central Long Beach. The Weed and Seed Strategy is a community-based, comprehensive, multi-agency approach to law enforcement, crime prevention, and neighborhood restoration.
For more information call the Office of Councilman Dee Andrews at (562) 570-6816 or log on to www.longbeach.gov/district6.