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Fourth Saturday of October

Every year, elderly and disabled residents in our community struggle to rake their yards in preparation for winter. Each Make A Difference Day, United Way Volunteer Connection coordinates the largest raking project in the area, helping give these residents peace of mind and increasing their independence. Plan now to join us next year, October 25, 2014.

Community volunteers come out in force to help with raking, but they don’t stop there. Several donation collections also take place to help our neediest neighbors..

2013 Rake-A-Thon Results

This year, 1,769 volunteers came together with rakes and trailers to clean up the yards of residents in the greater Wausau area. Volunteers included 32 school groups (from grade 3 to college), two Boy Scout Troops, seven Girl Scout troops, six corporate groups, 14 families, four churches, two service organizations and more. Several bags of food and toiletries and many boxes of winter coats were also collected on Make A Difference Day.

Through a follow up survey of last year's residents, 95% responded it would be difficult or very difficult to find other ways to get their yard raked. These words from residents, after volunteers raked their yards, express the gratitude felt by many:

"I have had volunteers for Make a Difference Day for the past few years and they help me out so much. Every group has always been a delight to meet and very helpful."
"This is a great project and helps many seniors. I look forward to the young ladies & gentlemen's arrival. They make my day and I make sure I have treats for the workers. Thank you for your services, you are appreciated."
"I have no one to rake my leaves for me. Thank you very kindly for the raking project. The volunteers, children, teacher were all so considerate and kind to me."

Rake-A-Thon 2013

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