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Mabton Lions Club folds, redirects community service efforts

MABTON - The Mabton Lions Club has been whittled down to three remaining members struggling to help the community.

According to Linda Palomarez, the club has had difficulty retaining members throughout the last two years. "It is non-existent with just the three of us struggling to keep it alive," she said.

Undaunted, the trio of Palomarez, Mary Alvarado and Vanessa Cervantes have joined forces with the Mabton Community Center board members. Together the group makes six women with a heart for the community.

"We have a vision for Mabton," said Palomarez.

She said the ladies who had been members of the Lions Club are donating $400 to the community center for the purchase of air conditioning.

Palomarez said the donation is a demonstration of support toward the efforts of the community center. The center will begin serving meals to seniors in the community on May 1, and Palomarez said the center serves a purpose of support in the community.

"We don't want to give up on Mabton," she stated, saying that the group is working toward providing opportunities within the community. However, volunteers are needed to help with the vision.

Palomarez said there are small jobs around the community center that can be performed by anyone willing to volunteer, and the coordination of Mabton Community Days is in need of volunteers willing to help the community.

"We had to push Mabton Community Days to August," she said, stating the community event is struggling for survival because the efforts of only a handful of people can cause a strain.

Ultimately, what Palomarez says she and her fellow community-minded partners want is a thriving Mabton community.

She said, "We don't want money...we just need helping hands."

A community work day will be held this coming Saturday, April 12, to prepare the community center for the coming senior meals and summer season.

A meeting to discuss work and volunteer sign-ups will take place at the community center tomorrow (Wednesday) at 7 p.m.

Palomarez said she has hopes that more volunteers will attend in an effort to provide the community with support.

She said it is an opportunity for youth in the community to become involved in helping others, as well as adults.

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