Volunteers sought for Shields-Reid beautification event

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The Shields-Reid Community Center

On Thursday, April 27, community volunteers are encouraged to help enliven Shields-Reid Community Center for local youth by assisting in a clean up at the park, in building planter boxes for a new children’s garden or in contributing to the painting of a mural on the park side of the center.

The Richmond “Love Your Block” event runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the center at 1410 Kelsey St.

The Shields-Reid Achieve Afterschool Program is holding the event with support from local youth, neighborhood volunteers, the North Richmond Municipal Advisory Committee, the North Richmond Green Team and the Richmond Art Center.

Thursday’s event is an extension of what afterschool program youth already do. Every week, for example, youth in the program participate in clean-up events throughout the community with the North Richmond Green Team. Such participation aims to teach the children respect for self and community.

As for creating a new mural at Shields-Reid, muralist Fred Alvarado from the Richmond Art Center is taking the lead. Alvarado has garnered input from the community and worked weekly with the children at Shields Reid Community Center to design a “Sustainable Practices” mural that will be painted during Friday’s event. 

“All community members are welcome to join in to paint and lend a hand,” City Manager Bill Lindsay’s weekly newsletter stated.

Volunteers are encouraged to register at the Shields-Reid Community Center by April 27. For more information, call (510) 620-6822. 



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