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Leadership Worthington's Service Day

21 years later, volunteers still help with chores

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Service Day is 20 years old this year and still going strong.

In fact, this year's turnout was one of the biggest since its first one in 1994, organizer James Sauer said.

The 20th anniversary marks 21 consecutive years Leadership Worthington has hosted Service Day.

Volunteers numbered 114; jobs completed were 57.

The weather cooperated, and all of the jobs were finished on time, Sauer said. That isn't always the case.

"We had a really nice day, one of the best in recent years," he said.

Service Day matches jobs to be done for senior citizens with volunteers from the community who are willing and able to do them.

At 9 a.m., volunteers report to Kilbourne Middle School, where they eat breakfast before being sent into the community to complete their assigned tasks. This year, all jobs were assigned by 10 a.m.

Usual jobs include washing windows, yard work, washing porches, cleaning refrigerators and other tasks that often are too big for seniors to do themselves.

Sometimes the jobs are unusual. One woman this year wanted someone to teach her how to work her computer.

The payoff, of course, comes in the form of jobs well-done, friendships made and the feeling of accomplishment.

"We've already gotten some really good feedback," Sauer said May 4.

One woman wrote a note saying she had met the nicest people who came to help, and she hopes they come back to visit.

"It's the comments you get back that make you feel good about the event," Sauer said.

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