The second Love Madera event broke records locally as more than 500 people signed up to help and many others who hadn’t registered showed up on Saturday to lend a hand.
“I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support. It was just incredible to see all the service clubs, churches, youth organizations and schools that were participating. It was really a huge cross section of Madera and it just showed the concern and care that everybody has for our community,” said City Council Member and Mayor-elect Robert Poythress.
Madera is one of 40 cities in northern California that organize the day of service to promote volunteerism. Some smaller cities combine their projects. Each city puts the word “Love” before its name. Usually, all the cities hold their love event on the same day. This time, however, Madera organizers carried out the Love Madera event a week ahead so that it wouldn’t coincide with this coming weekend’s Old Timers Day festivities.
Love Madera Director Mark Lacaze, who is also the pastor of outreach and missions at Grace Community Church, was excited to see more people than during the first ever Love Madera in late April...