The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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September 4, 2012

Volunteers sought for 11th annual Great Day of Service

Organizers are asking area residents who want to volunteer for the annual Great Day of Service to get signed up.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Sept. 30, with a picnic and activities to follow at Landreth Park.

Last year, the 10th year of the event, more than 2,500 volunteers worked to clean up yards and houses. Projects included mowing, pruning shrubs, picking up trash, washing windows and painting houses.

Though projects are done throughout the city, efforts will focus on the areas where the city has conducted its Neighborhood Improvement Plan the past couple of years. The areas designated this year for the Great Day of Service are north of Junge Boulevard, and from First Street to E Street between Joplin and Byers avenues.

Connie Chrisman, the city’s community development coordinator, said: “If somebody or a group have decided to work in an area they have adopted, that’s fine, too. We don’t really care where they work. If they want to work, that’s great. We’ll help as much as we can.” Groups that already are participating in the city’s Adopt a Neighborhood program may work in that area if they choose, she said.

After registering, volunteers can return later to the Great Day of Service website to look up their names and find out where they have been assigned if they did not designate an area or a chore. Volunteers are to meet the morning of the event at College Heights Christian Church or at the location where they are to work. There will be a sign-up booth that morning at Landreth Park, where information will be available on the work locations, Chrisman said.

Volunteers are asked to provide their own tools or supplies that they or others may need at the work sites. Those include gloves, tools, eye gear, weed trimmers, lawn mowers, loppers, lawn chairs and water.

For details, Chrisman may be contacted at 624-0820, ext. 570.


2,000 sought

EVENT ORGANIZERS hope to attract 2,000 volunteers this year.

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