BUCKHANNON- On Saturday, Oct. 13 Buckhannon will host its Community & Kindness Day of Service. What started out as an idea of one local resident has now been taken on by the city of Buckhannon, and project organizers are hoping to make this an annual event.
Members of the community will meet at Jawbone Park on Saturday morning and from there will spend the morning and afternoon cleaning up the parks, trails, Main Street, and other areas all throughout the town. There will be two different shifts that volunteers can choose to join, and in between the shifts there will be a pizza party to help celebrate and thank those who participate.
“We currently have 180+ WVWC Greek Life members participating, along with several City Hall staff members, residents, and other students” said event coordinator, Casey Gilbert.
All fraternities and sororities from West Virginia Wesleyan Greek Life, as well as the Center for Community Engagement’s We Lead student organization, have all committed to participating at Saturday’s event, but event organizers are asking for more members of the community to volunteer.
“Some of the service projects include cleaning up City Park, North Buckhannon Park, Fred Brooks Park, removing invasive plant species, and touching up paint jobs along Main Street.”
“We also plan to clean up along the river, the cemetery, Traders Alley, the Community Garden, an Adopt-a-Highway cleanup by BUHS, in addition to clearing out the basement of the Upshur County Senior Center, clearing a shed at Lewis-Upshur Animal Control Facility, and helping a resident clean up her yard as part of the Good Neighbor program” continued Gilbert.
Registration will be from 8 a.m. until 1p.m. with the first shift working from 9 a.m. to noon and the second shift working from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone interested in participating can contact Casey Gilbert, Buckhannon Volunteer Center Coordinator, at 304-472-1651.
Prizes from local businesses will be raffled off in exchange for a donation to the parish house, which can be brought to Jawbone Park on Saturday.
All pre-registered volunteers will receive a thank you gift.