• Volunteers Needed to Rake 77 Yards on United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties' Day of Caring

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    October 22, 2018

    WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI – Since early September until October 19th, United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties has been registering local residents to have their yards raked by volunteers during the annual event, “Day of Caring” which will take place this year on November 3, 2018.  

     

    To date, 77 yards have registered for this service. Residents from the community that utilize this event are elderly and/or disabled community members who are unable to rake their yards themselves or cannot afford to pay for services.  Every year, volunteers help these residents clean up their yards, to help prepare their yards for the winter months.  

     

    Carmen Roth, of Wisconsin Rapids, is legally blind and has been utilizing the Day of Caring event for the past six years.  “I’m very grateful that the volunteers are available to help those who are unable to clean their yards anymore,” said Carmen.  “I’m on disability and have other health issues right now.  I don’t know what I’d do without the Day of Caring volunteers.  They are a blessing!”

     

    With 77 yards signed up needing help, we need help from the community for this event.  In 2017, 430 volunteers turned out for Day of Caring and we anticipate needing the same amount of volunteers this year.  All volunteers who join us during Day of Caring receive a FREE breakfast and t-shirt!

     

    How can you get involved?  Visit our website at www.uwswac.org and click on the Day of Caring banner.  There you will find:

    ·       Information about this year’s event

    ·       A link to pre-register and reserve your volunteer t-shirt size

    ·       A downloadable youth waiver (required for all volunteers under the age of 18)

     

    The deadline to pre-register to volunteer is Oct. 31, 2018.  Volunteers are encouraged to pre-register so they can be guaranteed a shirt in their size.  Pre-registration also allows organizers to prepare enough breakfast for everyone to enjoy before going out to yards to rake. 

     

    Breakfast begins at 8:00am on November 3rd at the Grand Rapids Lion’s Club (2411 36th St. S., Wisconsin Rapids).  At 9:00am, volunteers will receive their raking assignments and t-shirts.  We will also be collecting personal care items for Acorn Apartments, a local apartment building for disabled individuals.

     

    Volunteers need to provide their own rakes, gloves, and transportation.  Younger volunteers are strongly encouraged to be supervised by an adult.  Homeowners will provide the bags (if needed).  

     

    United Way’s Volunteer Center thanks this year’s t-shirt sponsors: Cranberry Valley Girl Scouts, Port Edwards Lion’s Club, VFW Post 2534, Wisconsin Rapids Kiwanis Club, and Wisconsin Rapids Noon Rotary Club.

     

    We thank 2018’s breakfast sponsors:  Kwik Trip and Pepsi.  We would also like to say a big “thank you” to the Grand Rapids Lion’s Club for the use of their facilities, providing volunteers and cooking.

     

    For more information, please contact Amy Fluno, Day of Caring Coordinator, at 715-421-0390 or amy@uwswac.org.  There is no rain date; however, projects may be completed at a later date if there is inclement weather.

     

    About United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties’ Volunteer Center

     

    The Volunteer Center is a clearing house for requests for volunteers and volunteer opportunities.  An online database of volunteer opportunities is available at www.volunteerinnerwisc.org.  Volunteer opportunities are announced every Wednesday morning on WFHR; and can be viewed on Wisconsin Rapids Community Media.  The Volunteer Center works on several initiatives such as Day of Caring, Stuff the School Bus, Homeless Point in Time (PIT) Count, and the Disaster Volunteer Reception Center.  

     

    The Volunteer Center is a program of United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties.  Its mission is to mobilize and inspire people to utilize their talents to enhance our community.