This time last year, Manker Biah, having recently relocated to California from Atlanta, Georgia, was looking for ways to get involved with his new community. “I had been looking for opportunities to volunteer and put myself out there, to get to know people in a positive light,” he said. “I am an aircraft mechanic for United Airlines. I got a news feed from work that talked about volunteer programs United Airlines supported. When I saw the one for [California State Parks Foundation’s] Earth Day, I jumped on the opportunity.” California State Parks Foundation’s annual Earth Day celebration is not only a time to give back to California’s amazing state parks, but as Manker learned, it’s also a great opportunity for like-minded individuals to come together and celebrate California. From climate-focused volunteer projects to enjoying each other’s company over lunch, these workdays offer a little something for everyone – especially people new to this great state! Right away, Manker registered to volunteer. “It was a lot of fun helping out with Earth Day at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area and a great way to connect with coworkers. It was a group of pilots to [bag handlers] management to regular employees like me. It was nice to interact with other coworkers in a new environment and talk with people from different areas.” A year after his first volunteer experience with California State Parks Foundation, Manker is still an active volunteer and continues to help at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. “It just feels good to give back and see like-minded people who want to give back,” he said. “Also, at the end of the day, the amount of trash we help remove is impressive.” Manker has plans to continue to explore California state parks, specifically Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. “My girlfriend lived in the area and I didn’t realize a park like that existed. So, when I got a chance to see it I was really impressed. When she comes back to visit we have plans to go hangout at the park more.”
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