Hundreds show up to volunteer for Make A Difference Day

Aaron Song, Adee Tulcan and DeeDee Pine take trees to be planted at 5 Winds Ranch.

On one of the warmest Saturdays in late October, the community showed up Oct. 26, to volunteer for Yucaipa’s annual Make A Difference Day. Oct. 26 marked the city’s 12th year participating in the nationwide day of volunteering.

5 Winds Ranch

One hundred ninety-four trees planted by volunteers at 5 Winds Ranch last weekend will soon be stoic additions to the Yucaipa landscape. People showed up in droves to help plant the trees, which according to Yucaipa Landscape Architect Steve Frenken, included several Giant Sequoias, Incense Cedar, Coast Live Oaks, and Redbuds.

“We placed the Sequoias where we could frame views of the valley...,” said Frenken. “We have a lot of volunteers, and they are doing great.”

Katrina Hynes and Cory Kunkel volunteered to plant some of the trees for Make A Difference Day.

“I wanted to help out the community, and give back,” said Hynes, as they hauled shovels up the hill after planting.

“As a biologist, I love the idea of planting trees,” said Kunkel.


Dozens of students, parents and volunteers attended schools on Saturday to take part in the volunteer day.

At Inland Leaders Charter School at its California Street and Bryant Street Campuses, there were close to 60 volunteers, along with the YHS cheerleaders, helping on a multitude of projects. projects.

Wildwood Elementary School’s Make a Difference Day beautification project was also busy with ___ volunteers. The volunteers cleaned windows, evened out wood chips on playgrounds and cleaned up trash and leaves all in an effort to make the campus more beautiful.

“This is my first year participating in the Make a Difference Day here at Wildwood. It amazes me how this community comes together for everything. I am truly touched by the community involvement in everything,” said Wildwood Principal Susan Prady.

Students from the Leadership Program and Heroes for Hope Club volunteered on Saturday at Green Valley High School. The project was to repaint safety curbs and poles around the school. “I have participated in Make a Difference Day with each school I’ve worked at since it began. It is a reminder to the kids to go out and support your community which is what Yucaipa is all about. It helps teach the students about the fabrication that this small community has,” said Green Valley Principal Frank Tucci.


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