Yucaipa is no stranger to hosting Make-a-Difference Day, a national day of volunteering. Last year, because of the pandemic, the annual Make-a-Difference Day in Yucaipa was canceled, however the city is making up for it this year, with a two-day event, on Saturday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 30, at Five Winds Ranch. “Make-a-Difference Day is a perfect opportunity to help make a positive impact in the community,” said Yucaipa Mayor Greg Bogh, who has volunteered at prior MADD events. “These service projects have helped maintain and improved numerous areas throughout Yucaipa. It’s amazing what can be accomplished with so many volunteers.” According to city staff, this year’s project is designed to help establish the landscape needs for Five Winds Ranch, by planting over 500 trees and shrubs. Both dates will start at 8 a.m. through noon and lunch will be provided to all volunteers. The sprawling 10.78-acre Five Winds Ranch is located at 37076 Oak Glen Rd., west of El Dorado Ranch Park. The Yucaipa City Council approved a conceptual plan in June 2018 for the development of a group camping site, RV camp sites, horseback riding, a park ranger facility, recreational use lake, and special event venues. Five Winds Ranch is anticipated to open spring of 2022. The city is still looking for volunteers for this year’s MADD. There will be seven different zones where volunteers will be planting 15-gallon California oak trees and various shrubs. Every hole will be pre-dug by city staff. There is also a wildflower seeding area, led by a landscape architect and master gardener. This is designed specifically for children. All volunteers are asked to bring shovels, gloves and appropriate attire for a morning workout. For more information, or to be a volunteer, visit www.-yucaipa.org or call 1-909-797-2489 ext. 561.
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