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Help Keep Mount Diablo Beautiful By Volunteering

Patch launches its Patch Corps program with a volunteer effort on Mount Diablo spearheaded by the REI store in Concord.

If you love looking at Mount Diablo, there's a way you can help the landmark mountain by volunteering a few hours of your time on a Sunday in April.

Save Mount Diablo and the REI store in Concord are sponsoring a service project to help restore part of Marsh Creek on the mountain's northern slopes.

Patch is teaming up with the non-profit organization and the Concord store to help recruit volunteers. Patch editors David Mills, Adalto Nascimento and Lance Howard will be among the volunteers.

The service project is from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, April 15. The work will include removing invasive, non-native plants as well as watering 500 native plants previously planted.

You can sign up or obtain more information by going to the REI calendar page for this item or by emailing REI outreach specialist April Rovero at arovero@rei.com.

There are 40 slots open for the project. As of Tuesday afternoon, 25 slots were left.

Beryl Anderson, communications coordinator for Save Mount Diablo, said these volunteer projects help restore the ecosystem on the mountain as well as make it accessible and enjoyable for visitors.

"Without volunteers, we wouldn't be able to restore these lands," she said. "The volunteering is fun and beneficial and it gives the volunteer a closer relationship to nature."

Join Patch, REI and Save Mount Diablo in this volunteer effort. If you sign up, let us know in the comments section of this article.

Patch.com employees are given five paid days off a year to volunteer in their communities. As part of this effort, known as Give Five, we'd love to form other partnerships with local agencies in need of help. Let us know. You can reach David Mills at david.mills@patch.com.

Amanda March 28, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Yeah, I do them all the time...and I sometimes eat doughnuts too.
X March 28, 2012 at 04:43 AM
CN - Well, thank God, some sanity is being restored to this part of the world and the Krispy Kreme in Concord is being re-opened in April. There's even an app to let you know when the "hot" sign is on. I've already installed it in anticipation and I'm counting the days.
Eileen March 28, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Thanks for the 411 on this local enviro volunteering opportunity. I've signed my whole family, kids and all, up.
David Mills March 28, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Eileen... thanks for signing up. Look forward to seeing you and the family up on the mountain
Mike Rotch March 28, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I would think tearing down all the structures, removing all the paving, and all other traces of people on Mt. Diablo would make it beautiful again. Glad people are saving the dirt, but there are still kids who go to bed hungry and can't read in OUR county - is there an App for that fatty?

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