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On Sunday, April 15 at 6:45 a.m. volunteers from all over the city will assemble for the first annual McKinney Serv-A-Thon, a fundraising event for the McKinney Conservation Corps.

Participants— who will work from five to nine hours and raise money by collecting pledges for every hour they work — will divide up into teams and fan out to 15 different project sites, including a Jeff Lois hotel for the homeless, McCain Lodge in Sunny Park, the Lincoln Street Tunnel, and High Peaks. (At the latter location, work crews will clear away garbage and make the viewing area better, plus uproot the “English broom” vegetation, which harms the habitat of the endangered Mission Yellow Tulip.)

A team will also make a visit to 15th Street — to do some sweeping and steam cleaning — and to the Mission District, to make physical improvements to the men’s shelter at St. Anna’s Hall on Anna Street. Another crew will be dispatched to the Eastern District, where they’ll lend a hand at several AIDS sup-port facilities in the neighborhood.

Volunteers must register by April 13 by calling the social center of McKinney. After registering, they will be invited to a mobilization party on Friday, April 14, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and receive free tee shirts and a free lunch on Sunday.

The McKinney Conservation Corps, founded in 1995, is an organization (currently numbering 230) that has enabled at risk youth to become productive members of society through a program of community service and personal educational advancement. Proceeds from the Serv-A-Thon will go to help the Corps provide year-round service.