On November 2, three weeks from this coming Saturday, we will once again take rakes in hand to provide fall lawn cleanup to 16 (the most ever) seniors and physically or mentally challenged individuals in South Minneapolis.  Without our help, these people would not otherwise be able to get their leaves raked up.  Please consider the following typical examples of those we will be helping:

- One senior woman fell and broke her wrist and her hip;
- Another senior woman is recovering from stage 4 cancer and her husband just suffered the collapse of both lungs;
- one younger man living alone was recently hit by a truck and is unable to move one arm.
These people need our help!
Here are the details:

8:40 AM – we gather in the northeast corner of the US Bank parking lot at 2800 E Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55406.  There we will go over the logistics for the day, take group photos, and break into 3 raking teams, each of which will be assigned 5-6 yards.  Maps will be distributed to help volunteers find each yard to which their team is assigned.

9:00 to 11:00 (11:15?) – each team rakes the assigned yards.

11:00/11:15 to 1:00 – those volunteers who are interested adjourn to Matt’s Bar (3500 Cedar Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55407) for Jucy Lucys, fries, and beverages of their choice (the total cost of the lunch, including tip, will be divided pro-rata by those participating in the lunch).

What You Need to Know:

  • This is a family friendly event.  You are encouraged to bring spouses, significant others, friends, and children (who are old enough to be of some assistance and to understand the concept of giving back to others less fortunate).
  • You should bring your own rakes (label your rakes and other equipment with your name and phone number on a piece of tape; things can go missing), a good pair of gloves, and other items you think would be helpful for yard cleanup, such as a leaf blower.  We will supply compostable bags which, when filled, the teams will place in the alley behind the houses (or such other space as is designated by the homeowner).
  • You will be given a make-up credit for your participation.
  • This is a rain or shine event (unless the weather is really bad, such as 2” or more of snow or bad lightning, in which case you should contact Gary Mosiman for instructions. So please make sure to dress for the weather.
  • We ask that you please register yourself and all guests on the COLRC website to get a good idea how many people will be on hand to help. Please click here to register.
  • You will share a great, “feel good” experience with your family and friends!
Hope to see you there!  Thank You!