Leadership Dublin is hoping to recruit 500 volunteers to help senior citizens around the community on Saturday, May 1.

Leadership Dublin is hoping to recruit 500 volunteers to help senior citizens around the community on Saturday, May 1.

One team for the nine-month class that teaches leadership and community involvement is organizing the 11th annual community service day, and it has lofty goals.

"They're hoping to have 500 volunteers this year. There were 400 last year," said Jan Walton-Rozanski, executive director of Leadership Dublin.

"This is the 11th year. We've done this since 2000 and we wanted to give a little bit of new life and see what a fresh pair of eyes would do when they looked at the event," she said.

The group is aiming to make the community service day bigger and better.

Last year, volunteers helped out at 35 different sites. A bigger list is the goal this year, Walton-Rozanski said.

"We had 35 different senior citizens' homes and that's what we really try to focus on," she said. "One of the things this group is doing is getting that number up. They're going to churches, using the rec center's senior group."

After the sites are selected, Dublin senior citizens will receive a helping hand with yard work.

"They clean up outside for them, because they cannot do it themselves anymore," Walton-Rozanski said. "I have a quote from a 90-year-old man, he said, 'I can't do it myself anymore. I'm so happy for the help. I can't wait till they come back next year.'

"You just walk away feeling great when you hear something like that."

According to a release from Leadership Dublin, volunteers are "encouraged" to bring tools of the trade such as garden tools, gloves, lawn waste bags and other work gear.

The May 1 community service day starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, where volunteers get a free T-shirt and their site assignment. After work, volunteers return to the rec center for a short lunch.

Leadership Dublin is looking for volunteers, civic groups, families, schools and more for the day of service.

"Leadership Dublin is all about giving back to the community. We're helping individuals that live here be more effective leaders and this is just one way we feel we're trying to do that," Walton-Rozanski said. "This is just one way we feel we're trying to make the community a better place to live and that's our main purpose and objective."

To volunteer, nominate a service site or get more information on the community service day, e-mail leadershipdublinCSD@ yahoo.com or visit LeadershipDublin.org.

Organizer Thad Welch said the group is hoping to pre-register volunteers by April 15, but will be signing up people until the day of the event.

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