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UNITED WAY YEAR OF CARING: Habitat for Humanity's Rake-a-Thon

Habitat Rake-a-Thon group

Money for good causes doesn’t grow on trees. Or does it?

About 500 volunteer rakers will turn leaves into cash during the fourth annual Habitat for Humanity Rake-a-Thon. The goal is to raise $5,000 for Project 20, Habitat’s effort to build at least 20 homes a year in partnership with hard-working local families.  

Habitat recruits "neighbors" who are happy to have their lawns raked by teams of volunteers. The neighbors make a donation in the amount of their choosing.

Thanks to an enthusiastic response from the community, Habitat has doubled the number of rakers and neighbors from last year. The growth of this unique fundraiser is a win for the neighbors, volunteers, and Project 20.

“Working with Habitat has not only been fulfilling, but also empowering,” says Jessica Chandrasekhar, a long-term Habitat volunteer. “It connects me with future Habitat homeowners and other volunteers, who are all working towards the common, ultimate goal of bettering the world around us. The Rake-a-Thon furthers this mission by raising awareness of who we are as an organization and of the community that we are trying to build.”

It’s too late to sign up for this year’s Rake-a-Thon, which takes place on Saturday Nov. 19. But Habitat offers many other volunteer opportunities throughout the year. To learn more, visit www.cvillehabitat.org/volunteer.

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