Plans are underway for the sixth biannual Project United community service day set for Saturday, Nov. 4.

The United Bank of Union hosts the event each spring and fall.

This project will focus on trimming and removing invasive honeysuckle from the wooded areas at Veterans Memorial Park and at Clark-Vitt Park, as well as the Clearview Trail, said Dan Rettke, director of marketing with the United Bank of Union.

Rettke said experts are needed to lead the groups, as well as volunteers of all ages and skill levels.

“It’s a great opportunity for service hour needs for organizations and groups and for people to get out there and volunteer at an event that’s already organized and put together,” Rettke said, adding that volunteers really make a difference.

“We also are teaming up with the city of Union in cleaning up some properties of elderly and needy citizens,” he said.

The bank always is looking for projects to consider. Donations are always accepted.

After five community service events, Project United has had more than 650 volunteers from nearly 50 unique organizations, groups, and businesses, completing an estimated 3,100 hours of volunteer community service.

Other projects have included cleaning debris at city parks, landscaping, beautification and infrastructure painting of a number of Union R-XI School District buildings, citywide public area trash cleanup, painting and rehabilitating “Welcome to Union” signs, landscaping city roundabouts and the downtown Union square; cleaning up Flat Creek from the fairgrounds to the Bourbeuse, painting and rehabilitating other city park infrastructure, adding painting assistance for the Union Food Pantry, and assisting with specific projects for the elderly and those most in need.

The fourth project, held in October 2016, included building and erecting two full playground sets at the Veterans Memorial Park.

This past May, the project focused on clearing brush and planting shrubs around both “Welcome to Union” signs; clearing out the Clearview nature trail; removing honeysuckle from the disc golf course in Autumn Hill Park; picking up trash from Veterans Memorial Park and setting up chairs for the memorial dedication event the following day.

Volunteers also picked up trash along Highway 50 and Progress Parkway; and gave the old high school building a spring cleaning in preparation for the 100th anniversary celebration held by the school.

As those projects were finished, groups picked up trash at other city parks and on the high school campus.


The event will kick off at the Jaycee Pavilion at the Union Fairgrounds with registration from 7 to 8 a.m. and ending with lunch at the same location at noon.

For registration or other information, people may call Rettke at United Bank of Union, 636-583-9002, or email