A volunteer helps rehabilitate a yard during the Rebuilding Together prep day.

In the spirit of Earth Day and being good stewards of the environment, it is important to also remember to be good stewards of our community. Rebuilding Together San Francisco is a non-profit organization that connects volunteers with construction projects focusing on the rejuvenation of communities.  With projects ranging from single family homes to non-profit organizations and school facilities, the San Francisco chapter has helped over 1,000 houses and 250 facilities since its inception in 1989. This coming Saturday, April 28th is National Rebuilding Together Day where chapters and volunteers from around the country will partake in making their communities a better place.

High school students designed and built this 'parklet' in San Francisco's Outter Mission neighborhood.

The good news is that being stewards of the environment and stewards of community revitalization are not mutually exclusive.  The Parklet movement in San Francisco is benefiting communities by adding public space along commercial corridors, while improving our environment by encouraging pedestrian and bicycling transportation over cars.  Out of Site, a local non-profit organization, brings the arts into public high schools.  This year the architecture students designed, permitted and built a parklet on Mission Street near Ocean Avenue – the first one constructed in the Outter Mission neighborhood where many of the students live.

During the ribbon cutting celebration on Friday, students and community leaders participated in a drum circle on their new parklet