Monday, April 25, 2011

Long Beach SVdP & WESCA join forces to clean local region

For the second time in eight months, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Thrift Store in Long Beach on Saturday partnered with WESCA (West East Side Community Association)for a special cleanup of the city's 4th District. Close to 40 volunteers, including those from St. Vincent de Paul, participated in this monthly event.

The Society also provided a truck to help pick up nearly two tons of trash from local alleys and streets. Some usable items were retrieved, which were donated to St. Vincent de Paul. Following the event, the volunteers were treated to a BBQ on the patio of the Society's store at 2750 Pacific Coast Highway (corner of PCH and Temple).

"It went very well. As a member of this community, we enjoy working with WESCA and others to help keep our region clean," said Latisha Rosales, manager of the Society's Long Beach facility. "After all, we're all in this together."

Volunteers are being sought to help each month. Students can also volunteer their time in exchange for community service hours. Information: Griselda Barba-Perez at 562-570-8281 or

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