Volunteers needed for Make A Difference Day Oct. 28

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The United Way of Portage County Volunteer Center will hold its annual Make A Difference Day Rake-a-thon Saturday, Oct. 28. More than 500 volunteers are needed to help rake leaves.

During Make A Difference Day, members of the community come together to rake yards for Portage County residents who need assistance due to physical barriers or cannot afford raking services, said Cecily Mileski, United Way of Portage County Volunteer Engagement Associate. “For many frail or disabled residents who do not have family nearby to help out, the volunteer raking teams relieve their worries and make a significant difference in just a few short hours,” she said.

People can sign up today by registering your volunteer team of two or more people at www.volunteersrock.org. Simply create a team name, gather the names of the team participants and fill in the requested information.

People who would like to register a yard to be raked by community volunteers can sign up by dialing 2-1-1 (Cellular customers dial 1-800-922-5590) or contacting United Way of Portage County at 715-341-6740. The first 150 yards registered will be raked during Make A Difference Day, or by volunteer teams either the week before or week after the Rake-a-thon. Registration ends Friday, Oct. 13.

For more information, email cecily@unitedwaypoco.org, call 715-341-6740 or visit www.unitedwaypoco.org.