Dublin Villager

Volunteers will go to work May 3

Chamber preparing for Community Service Day

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Spring cleaning will be done throughout Dublin May 3.

The Dublin Chamber of Commerce's annual Community Service Day will post volunteers throughout the community to complete projects at the homes of senior citizens, in parks, at nonprofits and schools.

But the service doesn't stop there.

"We're taking the meaning of Community Service Day and giving back," chamber Chief Operating Officer Jenny Jakse said.

While Community Service Day in the past has sent volunteers around the community for projects, this year collections for the Dublin Food Pantry and Welcome Warehouse have been added.

"We're expanding the community service aspect and doing a food collection," Jakse said.

From 8:30 a.m. to noon May 3 at the Dublin Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road, volunteers will accept nonperishable food for the Dublin Food Pantry and gently used clothing for Welcome Warehouse.

"This time of year is a little slower from a collection point," Jakse said.

Anyone with donations will be able to use a drive-through drop-off site at the recreation center.

"When you're doing your spring cleaning at home, you can donate clothes, shoes (and) coats," Jakse said. "They'll be given to Dublin City Schools families. We feel like we're touching all the components of the community and giving assistance where it's really needed."

At the homes of senior citizens, at nonprofits, schools and parks, volunteers will do various outdoor jobs to get the community looking good for summer. The chamber is hoping to recruit 500 volunteers for the work.

"It's mostly outdoor work on plant beds, mulching, trimming bushes, changing porch lights, painting," Jakse said.

At one site, volunteers will remove useful items for Habitat for Humanity before the building is demolished.

The drop-off site at the Dublin Recreation Center will also offer residents a chance to do some spring cleaning at home.

A shred-it station and e-waste recycler will be on hand to take no-longer-needed items from residents, Jakse said.

Electronics such as cables, calculators, computers, laptop computers, FAX machines, ink and toner cartridges, cellphones, routers, servers, speakers, microwaves, gaming devices and power cords will be accepted.

For a full list of items accepted, look online at DublinChamber.org/CSD.

The amount of electronics taken from the collection will be weighed and a donation will be made to the Dublin Chamber's foundation, Jakse said.

"That will help with scholarships," she said.

With residents and teams from local businesses volunteering, Jakse said Community Service Day needs the help of everyone.

Washington Township helped find senior citizen sites for the day and Dublin arranges to have yard waste picked up.

"This really is a community effort in every sense of the word," Jakse said. "That's what makes Dublin so special. Everyone gives back."

Community Service Day starts at 8:30 a.m. May 3 at the Dublin Recreation Center with breakfast before volunteers are assigned sites.

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