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Cal students dig, clean, spruce up for Berkeley Project day

After working, some students participating in The Berkeley Project rode the merry-go-round at Tilden Park. Photo: Ted Friedman
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Thousands of UC Berkeley students fanned out across the city on Saturday to participate in the university’s largest day of service.

The students sanded, painted,  pulled non-indigenous plants at Tilden Park, and beautified sidewalks in downtown Berkeley, among many other activities.

The volunteer effort was run by The Berkeley Project, created in 2006 by students and completely student-operated.  The Berkeley Project, according to its mission statement, not only provides powerful assistance to the public, but aims to create “a lasting culture of service-learning among its participants” and to “permanently change the relationship between the students and residents of Berkeley through hands-on community service.” … Continue reading »


UC Berkeley students take part in community work day

Karl Linn Community Garden (2)
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If you noticed an unusual number of young people engaged in some serious manual labor in Berkeley on Saturday, Nov. 3, chances are you came across a group engaged in work for The Berkeley Project, an annual event which sees UC Berkeley students working in the community.

The Berkeley Project began in 2006 as a giant, one-day service event and this year an estimated 1,800 students took part, painting and decorating, weeding, planting, cleaning and prettifying, at about 80 different indoor and outdoor sites across the city.

We sent Kaia Diringer out with her camera on Saturday to capture some of the students at work. She took photographs of students cleaning and maintaining the area around Ashby BART, weeding and planting at the Karl Linn Community Garden at Hopkins and Peralta, and painting the activities room at the Young Adult Center at 1730 Oregon Street. … Continue reading »

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Will Willard Pool become a vegetable garden?

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About a dozen UC Berkeley students were working at the filled-in Willard Pool on Saturday, cleaning up the premises and hauling rich dirt to place on top of the soil used to fill in the pools after they shut down.

The students were part of The Berkeley Project, a Cal group that sends volunteers to the city of Berkeley to help out community groups. Each fall, The Berkeley Project hosts a project event day where thousands of students work around the East Bay. In the spring, it hosts a project month where volunteers help community organizations the last three Saturdays before spring break.

The students working at the Willard pool were loading dirt piled on Derby Street into wheelbarrows, rolling them to the small, filled-in pool and spreading it with rakes.

“It will be some kind of garden,” said Phil Harper-Cotton, a city recreation program supervisor. “Whether it will be vegetables or flowers , we haven’t figure it out.”

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