Make A Difference Day
October 25, 2014
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 with family, friends or coworkers on 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:
- Fill A Food Pantry. Non-perishable food items donated to the Marathon County Hunger Coalition.
- Toiletries Drive. Personal care items for men, women and children donated to Workplace Volunteer Council's Back to Basics project.
- Coats for Kids. New or gently used outerwear for kids to adults collected by the Kiwanis.
Collections are from 8am-12noon at the Wausau National Guard Armory on Make A Difference Day, October 25, 2014.
2013 Rake-A-Thon Results
Last 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."
Questions? Please see the FAQ, email us or call 2-1-1.