North Richmond Earth Day activities to get assist from tool library, volunteers

North Richmond Earth Day activities to get assist from tool library, volunteers
Verde Elementary (Photo by Kathy Chouteau)

By Kathy Chouteau

The North Richmond Mobile Tool Library will roll out a soft launch at a most opportune time and place: the North Richmond Earth Day, where it will be loaning tools for the Verde Elementary Safe Route to School’s Community Clean-Up event Fri., April 22 from 3-5 p.m.

“Join us for an exciting afternoon and help keep our home clean,” stated organizers, who seek volunteers to help with the clean-up effort, which will be centered at Giaramita St. between Market Ave. and Chesley Ave. in North Richmond.

On Sat., April 23, the service projects will continue as part of the North Richmond Earth Day event during what organizers call a “morning of service and fun.” Volunteers are encouraged to come out for a “Paint Day” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Verde Elementary, 2000 Giaramita St., as well as to the “Wildcat Creek Clean-Up” at the North Richmond Ball Park, 1925 Fred Jackson Way in North Richmond.

Organizers from The Watershed Project stated on Eventbrite that they seek “community volunteers to help with street and sidewalk cleanup and prep for painting,” adding that they also need assistance with “stencil layout and supervision of youth and adults to help paint the sidewalk with colorful motifs to beautify the safe route to school trail.”

A Drive-Thru Swag Bag Pick-Up will also occur Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 1925 Fred Jackson Way, during which free goods and resources will be given away courtesy of community service providers. Free food will also be available for volunteers.

An Earth Day 2022 Community Service Award Ceremony will also be held Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.                  

The North Richmond Mobile Tool Library is made possible thanks to joint funding from the City of Richmond and Contra Costa County.

To sign up to volunteer on Friday or Saturday, click here. Questions about North Richmond Earth Day can be directed to Victor Jimenez, CHDC’s community services coordinator at (510) 221-2557.