Tree leaves are a great sight this time of the year but they’re not as much fun once they fall to the ground and you have to clean them up. Today, volunteer students from UW Eau Claire helped rake yards this morning in an effort to tidy up the town. Reporter Abigail Hantke reports on today’s cleanup.
A little rain didn’t stop student volunteers from tidying up the town Saturday morning. “Just because it rains doesn’t mean the need goes away there’s still a need for raking leaves.” Said Jennifer Krueger, volunteer coordinator. The UW Eau Claire student organization Americorps Eclipse began this cleanup event ten years ago. More than sixty student volunteers helped rake leaves for people who can no longer do it themselves.
Marge Schneider, activity recipient said, “Years when I was younger, I’m a little older now and I don’t rake very much anymore.” One of the twelve sites for the event included family tree assisted living. Resident Marge Schneider says she’s glad they could come. “I didn’t think they were going to come, they work pretty fast.”
Eleven volunteers worked at the family tree assisted living site. Volunteer coordinator Jennifer Krueger says that throughout the entire event, they will have raked and collected up to two hundred bags of leaves. Krueger says only ten bags of leaves can be left on each curb for pick-up, so it’s necessary to make the most of each bag, especially for larger sites. “We have a large elderly population in the Eau Claire area, and we see the need so we like to do this, this is a fun event and it’s just a nice way to give back to the elderly community.” Said Krueger.
Aside from the tidy up the town event, students with the UW Eau Claire Americorps Eclipse organization also work with children in the community on reading, writing and social skills.