Big 'THANK YOU' for Volunteer Day
“On behalf of my city council colleagues and the residents of Lakewood, I want to thank everyone who helped out on this year’s Volunteer Day on April 14,” said Mayor Steve Croft. “The volunteer spirit in Lakewood is a big part of what makes us a strong, caring community.”
Those helped by the volunteers included disabled, senior and other Lakewood neighbors who because of physical or economic hardship were unable to take care of the difficult circumstances their property faced.
“My fellow council members and I toured the various sites in the morning, and I saw so many people hard at work, whether it was planting, weeding or cleaning,” Croft said. “There were flowerbeds replanted, porches and windowsills that were painted, and even a wheelchair ramp and handrail that were fixed.”
Volunteers ranged in age from six to 66. Helping out were an estimated 500 people, including members from community organizations, churches, school teams, scouts, business people, and volunteer city crews.
See photos from Volunteer Day at www.lakewoodcity.org/VolDayGallery.
The 29 volunteer groups contributed time and energy to improving 20 private homes, seven city sites, and the gardens at Pathways Volunteer Hospice and Gompers Elementary School.
Mayor Croft and other council members toured various sites throughout the morning, thanking individuals and groups. The city sponsored a picnic at the end of the morning for all the volunteers.