The approach of May always means one thing in Worthington: It's time to sharpen the tools and get into shape for Service Day.
This will be the 19th straight year that volunteers have gathered to spend a day doing chores for older residents who could use spring cleaning help.
Service Day will be May 4 this year, following the practice of holding the day on the first Saturday in May.
Service Day was started as a Leadership Worthington class project in 1994. It was such a success that it has lasted nearly two decades.
Service Day is volunteer-dependent. LW class members, former and current, depend on individuals and groups of residents to volunteer for the many jobs that must be done between 9 a.m. and noon.
All of the workers meet at 9 a.m. at Kilbourne Middle School, 50 E. Granville Road. From there, workers get assignments and directions to the homes of people in need.
Jobs usually include washing windows, planting gardens or whatever task the senior citizen has trouble doing herself or himself.
Individuals, church or school groups, or bands of neighbors are encouraged to work together and to sign up together. Individual workers also are invited.
To volunteer or to find help with household chores, call Leadership Worthington at 614-450-6057.