The City of Fort Collins Neighborhood Services Office and Off-Campus Life at Colorado State University are teaming up for the 13th Annual Fall Clean Up event, and Friday, Oct. 13, is the last day to register.
The program will kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, throughout the Fort Collins community and will run until 2 p.m. Last year, over 2,000 CSU student/staff volunteers raked leaves, washed windows, cleaned gutters, trimmed bushes and assisted in other yardwork tasks, supporting over 300 elderly and/or physically limited community members who needed help maintaining their yards for the fall season.
Each year, Neighborhood Services and Off-Campus Life receives many thank-you notes from elderly residents sharing that the yard maintenance done during Fall Clean Up makes it possible for them get their homes ready for the fall and winter seasons.
Additionally, the residents often share that their favorite part of the event is the chance to chat and laugh with students they otherwise would not have met.
“I was so impressed with the spirit of giving, teamwork, and leadership,” said one. “Thanks to the future of America. They were great and I’m grateful!”
“These were a wonderful group that did a beautiful job with smiles, laughter, and very hard work!” said another. “What a pleasure to have them!”
“Words alone can’t describe how grateful I am,” a third wrote. “These young men not only did a great job, they did so with humility and thanked me for letting them care for my yard.”
Volunteers are needed to join a team, and CSU employees are being asked to encourage their students to volunteer as well. It is because of volunteers’ assistance that CSU is able to complete the 300-plus neighbor projects. To volunteer, sign up at http://ocl.colostate.edu/fall-clean-up.