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It’s not just about raking leaves; it’s about reaching out to others to help restore pride in neighborhood yards and having fun working as team.
Press Release – For Immediate Release
Pueblo, Colorado – Volunteers from IntelliTec College of Pueblo once again teamed up to “Rake Up Pueblo” for this annual event on Saturday, November 22nd. Thirty students and their families along with staff members signed up to spend the day helping elderly residents spiff up their yards by raking and bagging leaves and hauling them away.
Give back to the community and get a real sense of pride
The Senior Resource Development Agency (SRDA) sponsors this community-focused event every year, encouraging teams to register to lend a helping hand.
IntelliTec has participated with its own team since 2011, and this year is no exception. “It’s something I enjoy doing every year. It’s a small amount of effort with a huge payoff, and I love being able to give back to the community,” illustrates Kristy Martinez, Career Services Advisor.
Last year 600 volunteers raked the yards of 120 elderly residents, filling close to 2,000 bags in one weekend. Schools, clubs, church groups, business employee groups and families all helped to make the event a success with a total team effort. Groups have the chance to increase their own community awareness and have fun at the same time.
Pueblo has many elderly residents who are physically and/or financially unable to rake the leaves in their yard. “Rake Up Pueblo” provides these individuals with a free service, and also gives them a sense of pride in their yard’s appearance.
Team up for the best results
A team can be from five adults to a mixture of six to eight kids and adults, and each is assigned two to three yards, depending on the team size. Volunteers range in age from young adults to the young-at-heart. After 15 years in existence, this intergenerational project continues to bring the community closer together as individuals lend both hands to “Rake Up Pueblo.”
About IntelliTec College of Pueblo
IntelliTec College of Pueblo offers hands-on career training in the automotive, business/accounting, cosmetology/beauty, medical and personal training fields with associate degree (occupational) and professional certificate programs. Request more information at www.IntelliTec.edu or call 719-582-2784.
Career Services Advisor
IntelliTec College of Pueblo
Coordinator for Rake Up Pueblo