Meadville Tribune

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October 7, 2013

Make A Difference Day organizers still taking on projects for unskilled workers

MEADVILLE — Needy area residents seeking help with basic projects around their home are urged to phone in their requests to the area’s annual day of service.

Make A Difference Day organizers said Monday that they can take on additional basic projects that can be completed by unskilled laborers. Work such as leaf raking, cleaning, sorting, yard work and more would be ideal.

Only those who cannot complete the work themselves and who cannot pay to have the work done are eligible for help through Make A Difference Day. Calling in a project is no guarantee of receiving help. A Make A Difference Day organizer will be in touch to collect information and may visit in person to ensure the project is suitable.

Volunteer workers will complete projects from about 7:45 a.m. to noon Oct. 19 and it is anticipated that the person who is receiving the help should be on site during that time. Those interested are urged to call 724-5948 with project details.

Volunteers are also still needed. Volunteers will rally in Diamond Park at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 19 and then head out to their assigned project sites to work until approximately noon. Volunteers receive a Make A Difference day T-shirt, light breakfast refreshments and, when the work is done, lunch in the Campus Center at Allegheny College.

Volunteers do not need to possess any special skills to participate but they must register by calling 724-5948. It is not necessary to have a group to register; individuals are welcome.

So far, about 520 volunteers are registered to take on 110 different projects.

A food drive to benefit the Center for Family Services food pantry is also taking place in conjunction with Make A Difference Day.

Times and locations are:

Oct. 18

n Wal-Mart, Vernon Township, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. CFS representatives will have for shoppers slips of paper listing needed items.

Oct. 19

- Diamond Park, downtown Meadville, non-perishables can be dropped off from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

- Allegheny College Campus Center, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

- Valesky’s market on Water Street in Meadville from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CFS representatives will have for shoppers slips of paper listing needed items.

Do you need help?

Needy area residents seeking help with basic projects around their home are urged to phone in their requests to the area’s annual day of service. Only those who cannot complete the work themselves and who cannot pay to have the work done are eligible for help through Make A Difference Day. Call 724-5948 to seek help with your project.

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