The projects will include spruce-up efforts of roads, homes, and businesses; service to those in the area who may be in need; and tieing dozens of quilts for humanitarian efforts.
The work begins in earnest at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. Volunteers are asked to meet behind the Monticello Post Office to receive their assignment. Coordinators will be at the post office parking lot throughout the morning to direct those who are looking for an opportunity to serve.
In recent months, a community group representing members of many faiths and organizations designated September 10, 2011 as a day of service in Monticello. They helped organize the efforts and identify the needs. Volunteers will work throughout the area during the day and meet in the evening for a harvest meal.
All area residents are invited and encouraged to participate. “Whether you work all day or simply help out for a brief period of time, we appreciate your effort,” said one organizer.
“Neighbor helping neighbor” is a theme for the effort, which is bringing a wide number of people together in a common cause.
The day of service is the culminating event for a number of service projects, many of which are already going on in earnest.
A major humanitarian effort will include dozens of quilts being tied at the Lions Club building at the San Juan County Fairgrounds. The goal is to make more than 100 quilts during the day, and 500 overall. They will be donated to humanitarian efforts.
Crews will also be busy at projects near and far, including trail, bridge, picnic table and bathroom work at Loyds Lake; picking up garbage along streets and roads; and lawn care, repair and sprucing up area homes, businesses and properties around town.
The City of Monticello will haul away properly bundled yard waste set by poly carts (not in, please). A truck, trailer and backhoe will be available, as well as equipment to haul away older cars.
A variety of projects have already been identified, but organizers are still on the lookout for more opportunities. Please call 435-587-2871 or 435-587-2444 for more information or to offer suggestions.
The Monticello Lion’s Club will prepare a harvest meal at the softball field pavilion for those who participate. Organizers hope community members will take the opportunity to serve others; work with family, friends and neighbors; offer thanks for a good harvest and enjoy a great meal.