With one week left until the sixth biannual Project United community service day, organizers are still seeking volunteers to help clear invasive honeysuckle from Veterans Memorial Park and the Clark-Vitt/Autumn Hill Park.
The United Bank of Union hosts the event each spring and fall. The event is set for Saturday, Nov. 4, with registration from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Jaycee Pavilion at the Union Fairgrounds. The project runs through noon.
The bank is partnering with the city of Union in connection with the city’s Arbor Day activities.
“Typically, on Arbor Day, we would plant trees or remove an invasive species,” said Assistant City Administrator James Schmieder. “it only made sense to coordinate the two events. We’re really excited about it.”
Schmieder lauded Project United, calling it “one of the coolest things” that takes place in the city.
Volunteers of all skill levels and experience, as well as team leaders being sought, said Dan Rettke, director of marketing with the United Bank of Union.
So far, about 50 volunteers have registered.
“This event has become a really great opportunity for people to come together and make a difference in a short time,” Rettke said. “Members of the community cross paths who otherwise would not, coming together for a single goal.”
Past projects have included cleaning debris at city parks, landscaping, beautification projects, infrastructure painting, trash cleanup, painting and rehabbing “Welcome to Union” signs, landscaping, cleaning Flat Creek, helping the elderly and those in need and building and erecting two full playground sets at Veterans Memorial Park.
Volunteers receive breakfast, lunch, a free T-shirt and the organizations they represent are recognized in an advertisement following the event.
For more information or to RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 636-583-9002.