United Way Volunteer Connection’s raking project is a huge volunteer effort to help elderly and disabled residents take care of fall yard clean up by raking leaves. Corporate groups, school groups, families and individuals are all welcome to participate in Make a Difference Day 2019.

Those interested in raking should sign up in advance, or go to First United Methodist Church between 8 and 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 26 for a yard assignment.

United Way of Marathon County partner Spectrum will provide Safe and Healthy Home kits, which feature easy-to-install and -use products, including a smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector, weather radio and other cleaning and safety supplies. Volunteers will deliver kits to homes where they are raking.

If you are unable to rake, but want to help, you can make a donation of non-perishable food for local pantries to be distributed by the Marathon County Hunger Coalition, toiletries to be distributed via the Workplace Volunteer Council’s Back to Basics projects, and new or gently used winter outwear for children though adult sizes to be distributed by the Kiwanis. Bring all donations to First United Methodist Church between 8:30 a.m. and 11: 30 a.m. on Make A Difference Day.

More details are available on the United Way website at www.unitedwaymc.org.