Harrison Barnes, Warriors and Esurance Employees, Fans Visit Golden Gate Park For We G.I.V.E. Volunteer Event And NBA Green Week

On Wednesday, April 9, Warriors forward Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors employees and fans, along with San Francisco Park and Rec and direct-to-consumer insurance company Esurance associates completed the 2013-14 WE G.I.V.E. volunteer platform by spending an afternoon at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park to help the group paint the park’s benches and remove invasive plant species.

“Making a difference in the community is very important to me,” said Barnes. “It’s great to join Esurance and these great fans to beautify an iconic location like Golden Gate Park.”

Just like the first two WE G.I.V.E. volunteer events this season, enthusiasm was high with over 350 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds joining together to make Golden Gate Park a cleaner, safer and more viable space for community members and visitors.

“The San Francisco Rec and Parks department relies on 150,000 hours of volunteer service, so the work done here is making a big difference,” said San Francisco Rec & Parks Department Director of Volunteer Services Kimberly Kiefer. “Today, our 350 volunteers were doing jobs like mulching and weeding throughout the park as well as some painting and trash removal.”

This was the third and final event of the Warriors and Esurance WE G.I.V.E. volunteer platform for the 2013-14 season, where Warriors players, staff, Esurance associates and fans team up to Give, Inspire, Volunteer and Educate through a variety of events aimed to support organizations whose mission it is to give back to the Bay Area community.

“The Warriors are proud to join two groups, Esurance and San Francisco Rec & Parks who share our ideals for service and community enhancement, to beautify this iconic park,” said Warriors Chief Marketing Officer Chip Bowers.

On December 16, 2013, the We G.I.V.E. volunteer group visited the San Francisco and Marin Food Bank to sort and pack food for the 147,000 people who rely on the county’s food assistance network every week. On January 29, 2014, Warriors forward Draymond Green visited Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco’s Habitat Terrace project to complete framing, plumbing, painting, drywalling and siding projects for six future homes at the location.

“This park looks beautiful, and I feel lucky to join this great group of people today and be a part of this project,” said Barnes.

Golden State Warriors fans Lisa and Colby are a mother and son duo who spent the afternoon enjoying the sunny day in San Francisco and planting new trees in the park.

“We are huge fans of Golden Gate Park and we love the Golden State Warriors, so it was a perfect opportunity to improve a place we love and to spend a day together with other fans and have a great experience,” said Lisa.