Valley Volunteer Day Is Oct 24 – Sign Up Now!

Valley Volunteer Day on Saturday, Oct 24, brings people together to work on projects to fulfill needs around the community and make Golden Valley a better place to live, work, and play. Groups or organizations plan and coordinate activities to coincide with Make A Difference Day, which is the largest national day of community service. This year’s events include the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Rake-a-thon and the Second Harvest Heartland Food Pack.

vvday-full-colorFall Raking Blitz

The Fall Raking Blitz, which will take place from Oct 23 – Nov 6, was planned by Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a cooperative program with Senior Community Services’ Home Program, Calvary Lutheran Church, and the City of Golden Valley.

Volunteers will be assigned to help Golden Valley residents age 60+ who can no longer keep up with their fall yard maintenance. Volunteers will rake, bag leaves, and take them to the curb. Residents must provide recyclable/compostable leaf bags and arrange for disposal.

Based on availability of volunteers, raking teams will be dispatched from Calvary Church, 7520 Golden Valley Rd, to homes that ask for service.

To schedule leaf-raking service: Contact HOME at 952-746- 4046 or home@seniorcommunity.org by October 1. Raking dates and times will be arranged with the individual homeowners, based on volunteer availability.

To volunteer: Groups and individuals are welcome. Choose the date(s) and time(s), starting mid-October (depending on weather) until the snow stays. Contact the HOME volunteer coordinator at 952-767-7894 or scsvolunteer@seniorcommunty. org by October 1 to schedule. Students must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers should dress for the weather and bring gloves, rakes, and any other equipment needed.

Second Harvest Heartland Food Pack

Help sort and re-pack food for local food shelves and soup kitchens at Second Harvest Heartland Oct 24. Two shifts are available: 9-11:30 am or 12:30-2:30 pm. Spots fill quickly so sign up soon! Volunteers must be able to stand for several hours. Individual, groups, and families (ages 8 and older, must be with an adult) are welcome.

Sign up online at www.2harvest.org/volunteer, then click “view our calendar and schedule a shift”.

Second Harvest Heartland is a food bank that sources and distributes food to 1,000 local programs such as food shelves, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters. Volunteers repackage bulk foods such as pasta or cereal into family size packages, sort food from food drives and donations, or label cans.

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