By Linda Dillman
Senior citizens around Canal Winchester need not worry about raking leaves or other fall chores by participating in Community Care Day, a twice-yearly collaboration between Human Services and Canal Winchester High School.
On Nov. 7, students will fan out across the city, performing outside chores for those in need within the boundaries of the school district.
“The work can range from picking up sticks, pulling weeds, moving patio furniture, planting flowers, raking leaves, and laying mulch to name a few,” said Anna Ross, program coordinator for Canal Winchester Human Services. “All work done needs to be limited to the outside of the home and students are not allowed to use power tools. Homeowners are responsible for providing anything that is needed to complete the job.”
Eligible senior citizens must sign up prior to the event by calling Canal Winchester Human Services at 614-834-4700 or by visiting the Community Center, 45 E. Waterloo St.
“This event was started to meet the needs of local senior citizens who needed a little help with seasonal yard work,” said Ross, who said a spring Community Care Day is offered in partnership with the Canal Winchester High School football team. “Fall Community Care Day used to be offered in partnership with Ranae Hamilton and the Indians Club. Ranae will still lead this year’s event, but we have decided to offer it on the same day as Paint Your Portrait.”
According to Ross, Community Care Day is important for both older members of the community and local youth. The program helps keep seniors safe and able to stay in their homes longer and is also an opportunity for intergenerational interaction.
“This give back event is a well-loved service that we are thankful to be able to offer,” said Ross. “The homeowners are grateful and always enjoy the extra help. The students enjoy being able to give back to their community through Community Care Day. We are very grateful to have such a great working relationship with Canal Winchester Local Schools. Through their partnership, we can offer services such as Community Care Day, which I feel is another way that makes our community unique.”