• Volunteers Needed to Rake Yards on Day of Caring

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    October 07, 2021
    WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI – Since early September, 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 October 23rd, 2021. 
    To date, 65 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.  
    With 65 yards signed up needing help, we need help from the community for this event.  In 2020, 400 volunteers turned out for Day of Caring and we anticipate needing the same amount of volunteers this year. The first 450 people to register are guaranteed a free 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)
    Beginning at 8:00am on October 23rd at the Grand Rapids Lion’s Club (2411 36th St. S., Wisconsin Rapids), 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 2021’s food sponsors:  Kwik Trip, Mariani, Pepsi and Walmart.  We would also like to say a big “thank you” to the Grand Rapids Lion’s Club for the use of their facilities and providing volunteers.
    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.volunteerunitedway.org.  Volunteer opportunities are announced every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30am 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 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.
    Amy Fluno
    amy@uwswac.org, (715) 421-0390