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United Way Volunteer Connection is in need of volunteers to help with the annual Rake-a-thon event on "Make A Difference Day" on Saturday, October 25. This important community-wide event is one way to help Marathon County residents who are elderly or disabled stay in their homes and live independently for as long as possible.

Everyone who has volunteered so far has been assigned lawns to rake, but more than 100 requests remain. Most of the homeowners have no other way to get their leaves cleared and rely on this volunteer effort to get their yards ready for winter.

Consider grabbing a friend or two (or 10) and signing up to help on October 25. If that date doesn't work for you and you are willing to help, your group can rake leaves anytime between Monday, October 20 and Sunday, November 2.

It's simple to participate. Register your group by calling United Way's 2-1-1, Monday-Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and they will find an open time to meet your schedule. You can also sign up on-line.

Volunteers who want to participate on Make A Difference Day on October 25 and haven't pre-registered can check-in at the National Guard Armory, corner of Seventeenth Avenue and Sherman Street, beginning at 8:00 a.m. A yard will be assigned and after raking is completed a complimentary lunch will be available. Help is also needed to haul bagged leaves to the disposal site. If you have a truck or trailer and are able to help with that, gas cards will be available.

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