Doing His Part

Jake McNiel dragged brush to a shred pile at the Clark-Vitt/Autumn Hill Park during Project United Saturday, Nov. 4.? Missourian Photo/Karen Butterfield.

The sixth Project United held Saturday, Nov. 4, was small in numbers, but mighty in impact, said United Bank of Union Marketing Director Dan Rettke.

The event was hosted by the United Bank of Union in conjunction with the city of Union’s Arbor Day project. The project consisted of clearing invasive honeysuckle species from Veterans Memorial Park and the Clark-Vitt/Autumn Hill Park.

“Although it was the smallest event of the six that we’ve put together, the weather was perfect, and our volunteers really got to work on cleaning out the honeysuckle,” Rettke said. “The teamwork and effort put out by businessmen, civic organizations, skilled workers, churches, and student groups was really impressive. No matter how many of these events we do, that part really never gets old.”

In all we had 65 volunteers from 15 groups, businesses, and organizations who donated 270 hours of community service Saturday.

Rettke thanked team leaders for their work in organizing volunteers and helping identify plants.

“It is always nice for individuals to give up their free time and use their expertise to give back,” Rettke said. “Skills and direction are sometimes the biggest differences between a quality project and a far-fetched idea.”

With combined efforts from all six Project United volunteer days, more than 700 volunteers representing approximately 50 individual groups, businesses, and organizations have come together to complete 30 unique projects and donated nearly 3,400 hours of community service.

Plans are already underway for another event this spring.