Hot on the heels of yesterday's Volunteer UA Expo at the Tremont Library, one of UA's finest volunteer-run community service groups will be making the rounds to our homes and neighborhoods, seeking financial support for the many community programs and special events it brings to life each year.
We all know the UA Civic Association is at the helm of the community's biggest celebration -- the Fourth of July -- but this vibrant band of residents is also responsible for many other notable happenings.
Through a partnership with our Parks and Recreation Department, they bring the Easter bunny to town each year during the annual Easter candy hunt (coming this Saturday at 10 a.m., at Thompson Park). In February, 400 of our community's older adults were treated to dinner and a preview performance of the high school's musical performance of The Heights.
We will no doubt soon be hearing of this year's Golden Apple Award recipients, a longstanding UACA program that celebrates our community's educators.
And just around the corner, we have the 43rd Memorial Day Run readying to take to the streets of UA the morning of Monday, May 26.
When you add these UACA-sponsored events and more together, it's clear that a significant annual budget is required. That's where you come in.
The UACA's annual membership drive, The Walk, is scheduled for Monday, April 21, through Sunday, April 27, at which time yet more volunteers will be walking the neighborhoods of Upper Arlington, seeking membership renewals.
During The Walk, volunteers strive to make personal contact with each of the city's 13,000 households.
Family memberships cost only $25 and single or senior memberships are $10. If for some reason they miss you during The Walk, memberships can be purchased at any time from www.uaca.org.
Please consider helping fund some of the events that make UA a great place to live -- or perhaps even become an active part of the group. There is no better way to give back to your community.
Invest in a rain barrel
Homeowners are encouraged to participate in the GreenSpot Rain Barrel Program. Administered by the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District, you can purchase a reduced-price rain barrel and learn how stormwater runoff can cause stream-bank erosion, degrade habitat and carry pollutants to local streams and rivers.
You also learn about saving money on your water bills by using the water collected by the rain barrels on your landscaping.
This program allows homeowners, businesses or schools to purchase one rain barrel for $55, but to qualify for the discount, you must participate in an educational component via one of the following options:
In-person workshops are offered throughout Franklin County in the spring. You can register by mail or online, pay for the rain barrel either with a check or online, and take the rain barrel home with you after the workshop.
For more information on the GreenSpot Rain Barrel Program, visit franklinswcd.org or call 614-486-9613.
Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlington's city manager.