GC volunteers to make a difference

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Do you want to do something good for your community? There is no better day than Make A Difference Day.

The fourth Saturday of October is reserved every year for volunteerism and Grove City Parks and Recreation will participate in the annual event on Oct. 27.

Make A Difference Day is a national day of helping others or a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. It was created by USA Weekend Magazine and millions of people across the United States participate each year.

Anyone at any age can participate. Volunteers can do something as simple as spending time with an elderly neighbor or more elaborate like collecting truckloads of clothing for homeless or needy families.

Kim Conrad, director for Grove City Parks and Recreation said the city has been participating in the national event for the last six or seven years. In the past, they organized volunteer activities that include clean-ups at local parks and chore days for seniors. This might include raking leaves for an elderly Grove City resident or dusting their family room.

The E.L. Evans Senior Center is working with several church groups to help out elderly residents. Judy Lewis, outreach coordinator with the center, said seniors will call in with a wish list and the groups involved will perform the tasks. They might need their windows washed or their garage cleaned out.

"A lot of these people live by themselves and don’t have the finances to hire someone," said Lewis. "We do what we can to help and there is such a need for it."

This is the third year the senior center has helped to organize events for Make A Difference Day. They cater to elderly residents in Grove City.

According to USA Weekend Magazine, each year hundreds of good deeds are selected for honors. Paul Newman and the Newman’s Own Foundation provide $10,000 donations to the charities of 10 national honroees. The 10 honorees, and hundreds of other honroees, will be featured in their April issue that coincides with National Volunteer Week.

Conrad said this year the interest in participating has been low. They have received only a few calls from people looking to organize a volunteer effort. Grove City Parks and Recreation can provide you with ideas for volunteering or set you up with another group that is participating.

For more information, contact parks and recreation at 277-3050.

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