SAN FRANCISCO – Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco, the Bayview YMCA and SF Rec and Park hosted a Healthy Community Day and Park Beautification event in honor of MLK Day of Service on January 16. This annual event mobilized 100 volunteers to spend the morning making critical improvements to the park.
Habitat Greater San Francisco’s Neighborhood Revitalization program aims to extend the work of Habitat for Humanity into the neighborhoods where it builds – beautifying parks, renovating community assets like schools and community centers and delivering critical home repairs to improve the health, safety and well-being of residents on a large scale.
“Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco is proud to partner with the Bayview YMCA and SF Rec and Park on this important day of service,” said Kristine Leja, interim CEO, “We are pleased to be a partner in the renovation of parks in the Bayview by doing what we do best: mobilizing volunteers to make a difference in their communities.”
Community members participated in a fitness warmup led by YMCA fitness instructors, then spent the rest of the morning laying mulch and making other improvements to the park. Community members then walked to the Bayview YMCA to join the MLK community march which concluded at MLK Pool.
“We are thrilled to support our partnership with Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy by engaging in service first hand with our neighborhoods and local organizations who are out here to make a difference,” said Kimberly Kiefer, director of volunteer programs at SF Rec & Park.
Habitat Greater San Francisco’s partnership with SF Rec and Park has mobilized 1,570 community volunteers, corporate partners and faith leaders to help improve seven Bayview Parks through more than 40 park beautification events since 2011.
ABOUT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY GREATER SAN FRANCISCO:
Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco builds homes and community in partnership with thousands of annual volunteers, hard-working families, donors, civic leaders and other engaged community members in Marin, San Francisco and on the Peninsula. The work supporters help us do provides a critical path to financial security for families who live and work here and strengthens neighborhoods across the Bay Area. Learn more at www.habitatgsf.org
ABOUT SF REC & PARK:
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s Mission is to provide enriching recreational activities, maintain beautiful parks and preserve the environment for the well-being of our diverse community. Learn more at www.sfrecpark.org
ABOUT BAYVIEW YMCA:
The Bayview Hunters Point YMCA is a premier community organization for children, youth, adults, and seniors to develop mind, body, and spirit to their fullest potential in a safe environment that engages the entire community and embraces diversity. For more information visit http://www.ymcasf.org/bayview/