November 7, 2013 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation’s Malin Burnham San Diego Center for Civic Engagement and partners will hold a Community Build at Manzanita Gathering Place Project in a clean-up project in City Heights.

WHAT: Volunteers that include program partners Arts/A Reason to Survive and Pomegranate Center, along with project partners Malin Burnham San Diego Center for Civic Engagement, Community Housing Works, Carey Construction and Design, CM Emerald, Rokenbok Educational Foundation, and San Diego Canyonlands, will come together for a Community Build on the Manzanita Gathering Place property.

Thursday – Sunday, November 7 – November 10, 2013
from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
CELEBRATION: November 10, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
o Marti Emerald, 9th District Councilmember, will present a proclamation at 3:30 p.m.
o Joyful Noise Celebration! Sunday at 4:00 p.m.!
o A community drum/sound parade will travel across the canyon and nearby streets, calling others to join with us at the opening of Manzanita Gathering Place. Anyone who would like to participate in the drum parade is welcome.

WHERE: Manzanita Canyon, 4300 Thorn Street, San Diego, CA 92105
Suggested Parking: 43rd and Myrtle

CONTACT: To find exact location of volunteers or for more information:
Linda Pennington ( at (619) 972-4921

About The San Diego Foundation

Founded in 1975, The San Diego Foundation’s purpose is to promote and increase effective and responsible charitable giving. The Foundation manages more than $621 million in assets, almost half of which reside in permanent endowment funds that extend the impact of today’s gifts to future generations. Since its inception, The Foundation has granted more than $833 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. For additional information, please visit The San Diego Foundation at

About the San Diego Center for Civic Engagement
The San Diego Center for Civic Engagement is the community involvement arm of The San Diego Foundation established to drive the implementation of the Our Greater San Diego Vision project, mobilize stakeholders to develop solutions to community issues and better align donor support with the needs of the region. For additional information, visit

Gathering Places Program – San Diego
The project is part of an ongoing effort in San Diego County to restore and expand access to outdoor space that is otherwise considered a blight on the community. Manzanita Park is the second of the project’s two community-build demonstrations in San Diego County neighborhoods in 2013.

Pomegranate Center is a 27-year old non-profit that is now recognized nationally as a leader in turning those places around while involving community members who, along the way, work together, learn about each other, and take on leadership roles that make each project a success. By combining training, hands-on art-making and building, the Gathering Places Program builds local capacity and social capital that will have a lasting impact on the community. For additional information,


Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600,
Heather Back, The San Diego Foundation, 619-235-2300,