An annual, citywide trek by Upper Arlington Civic Association members and volunteers began this week to raise money to support longstanding community events.

An annual, citywide trek by Upper Arlington Civic Association members and volunteers began this week to raise money to support longstanding community events.

On Monday, April 20, roughly 480 UACA members and volunteers began "The Walk," a door-to-door fundraiser to support events organized and paid for by the group, such as the Fourth of July celebration and Independence Day fireworks, the Memorial Day Run, an Easter candy hunt and Golden Apple awards for local educators.

Those and other UACA events are financed completely by the group, which is made up of Upper Arlington residents.

The Walk is the UACA's primary fundraiser that makes those annual events possible.

"As directors with the civic association, we are simply trying to continue the traditions that make memories for the families of Upper Arlington and help to make our community a wonderful place to live," said Ed Waldrop, UACA director in charge of The Walk. "All of the events the UACA puts on are funded by private donations.

"This is our one fundraiser to fund everything we do."

Through The Walk, residents are invited to contribute at whatever level they wish. The Walk also provides opportunities for joining the UACA or renewing membership dues.

Annual dues are $25 for families, $10 for individuals and senior citizens.

Established in 1933, the UACA has expanded its role in the community by increasing the number of events it sponsors each year.

Waldrop said the UACA has sought to provide activities for all age groups. He noted that in recent years, those efforts have included providing an evening of dinner and theater for local senior citizens and a Junior Director program that allows high school juniors to take on leadership roles in their community and engage in community service projects through the UACA.

Those programs and events wouldn't be possible without community support, he said, and that includes the donations collected during The Walk and the UACA members and volunteers who canvass every Upper Arlington neighborhood.

"The community has always responded to the UACA membership drive and on behalf of all of the directors, we greatly appreciate your generous support," he said. "The volunteer effort that makes The Walk possible is a direct reflection of the giving spirit of Upper Arlington."

Waldrop offered a "special thank you" to the 450 volunteers who are walking this year.

"All of the UACA events will be fully funded in 2015 because of you," he said.

For those who aren't home during The Walk, the UACA will leave behind donation and membership information. Donations can be made to the organization any time through its website, uaca.org.