Volunteers needed for Hilltop Maintenance Day

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By Christine Bryant
Staff Writer

Volunteers will spread out across the Hilltop later this month to help elders with fall clean-up projects.

Hilltop Maintenance Day, designated for Ville on the Hill members, will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19.

Ville on the Hill is a new hub for residents 50 and older that provides a variety of services for Hilltop-area residents. It’s a membership-driven village that serves as a resource hub and connects older residents with services they need to remain independent.

Because several older residents have requested help with fall clean-up projects such as raking, mowing, pulling weeds and cleaning up gardens, Ville on the Hill is partnering with the Kiwanis Club of Columbus to provide assistance, Ville on the Hill director Barbara Camfield said.

However, because there is a high demand for help with fall clean-up projects in the area, there’s also a need for volunteers to help meet those demands.

“The amount of volunteers that we get will determine how many older adults that we will be able to help,” Camfield said.

Volunteers should check in and receive their assignments beginning at 8 a.m. at Heart & Hope by Schoedinger, Hilltop Chapel parking lot, 3030 W. Broad St. This location will serve as the home base for the day, and volunteers will return to the chapel between noon and 12:30 p.m. for lunch and a debriefing.

Organizers will provide gloves and bags to the volunteers. If volunteers have weed wackers and other yard tools that they can use during the day, Camfield says organizers would appreciate if volunteers could bring them.

While many requests involve weeding flower beds, raking leaves and other projects that spruce up residents’ yards, she said there are some requests that are more involved, such as installing a new storm door and window caulking.

“There will need to be volunteers that will be able to handle this work,” she said. “The Columbus Kiwanis has donated funds and will be bringing volunteers.”

Holding events such as this is important to help keep residents in their homes for as long as possible, Camfield says.

“There are 8,000 baby boomers in the United States turning 65 every day,” she said. “The villages are encouraging people to know their neighbors and assist if they can.”

So far, she says the response to villages like Ville on the Hill have been overwhelmingly positive.

“The need on the Hilltop is so great,” she said. “Nearly 150 Hilltop older adults have expressed interest in the Ville on the Hill and that number is growing daily.”

For more information on Hilltop Maintenance Day or Ville on the Hill, email villeonthehilldirector@gmail.com or call 276-8224, ext. 5028.

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