Merchants also trying to 'Make a Difference'

By: Stephanie Dumm News Messenger Reporter
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Other merchants include Home Depot and Simple Pleasures. “I think it’s a really good cause,” said Pam Lopez, co-owner of the Lincoln Mr. Pickle’s. “It’s just a good, fun way to get involved in the community.” Make a Difference Day, hosted by the Lincoln Volunteer Center, is a day where residents and workers can show up and volunteer in several projects aiding the community. Projects done during past Make a Difference Day events include pruning rose bushes in the Lincoln Cemetery and painting fire hydrants and curbs. Bob Romness, the Lincoln Volunteer Center director, said that a complete list of this year’s projects won’t be ready until next week. During Make a Difference Day, Mr. Pickle’s will donate $1 from every sandwich sold to the volunteer center. Lopez said that there will also be a donation jar at the store. “So if people are not able to go help with volunteer day and want to make a difference, we’ll have the jar,” she said. Everyone who puts money in the jar that day gets a free cookie, Lopez added. Lopez will be volunteering her help on Oct. 24 , doing whatever is needed of her that day. Home Depot will also be helping out on Make a Difference Day. A team of employees will donate their time at Lincoln Crossing Elementary School, according to Wayne Davis, operations manager for the Lincoln Home Depot. Davis, along with the principal and some school staff, will be at the school on Oct. 24 doing some much-needed landscaping. He said that budget cuts have made it hard for the school grounds to be maintained on a regular basis. “I had my garden expert go walk the school and make notes,” Davis said. Some plants will be arranged during Make a Difference Day, Davis said, so that they receive proper amounts of water and sun needed to survive. Volunteers will also put in new plantings and bark, as well as some raised beds for students to use during their planting activities. Davis said that plants and materials will be donated by Home Depot vendors and the Rotary Club will supply volunteers. Among the Lincoln organizations benefiting from previous Make a Difference Days is the Fruitvale School. Lyndel Grey, president and director of the education program for Fruitvale School, said it is a nonprofit organization based in an old Lincoln schoolhouse on Fruitvale Road. The school features a monthly potluck where residents can learn about the past from guest speakers and they also do an after-school program for elementary school children. Make a Difference Day volunteers have helped the school out by gardening, cleaning and repairing the schoolhouse. “Everybody works together with a common goal to maintain this precious old building,” Grey said. “I really see it as a community building day.”