Stan Kovacheff came out to thank volunteers on Saturday even though the 89-year old Plymouth resident is scheduled to have surgery in the next couple of weeks. The team from Johnson Controls was already hard at work at the Rake~N~Go event organized by Plymouth Community United Way.
Nearly 225 volunteers from Johnson Controls, Freudenberg NOK, Robert Bosch, Metro Consulting Associates, Home Depot, Boy Scouts Troop 1537, Lightning Robotics and Key Club from Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, Life Church, and Church of Christ cleaned the yards of 36 homes for senior citizens and disabled adults in Plymouth and Canton on April 25 and four different occasions in April and May.
“It’s a blessing,” said Kovacheff whose wife, Christine wholeheartedly agrees with him. “You get older and realize certainly you can’t do things like you used to do but like to take care of your home. I can’t bend or can’t stand very long so the group is a blessing.”
Volunteers came alone, with their families, teams of co-workers and friends who piled leaves and leftover winter debris into yard waste bags donated by Home Depots in Canton and Plymouth.
The morning began with a complimentary breakfast made possible by Tim Hortons, Dunkin’ Donuts, Kroger #671 and #703, and Busch’s. Jeff and Dyane Townley and their four children volunteered in the kitchen of Plymouth First United Methodist Church where they kept the counter stocked with donuts, bagels, fresh fruit, coffee, juice, and water for the volunteers. The church has hosted the breakfast for several years.
“We just like to help,” said Dyane Townley of Canton. “We usually go out after the breakfast and rake but the kids play flag football.”
The Townleys were recently honored with a Community Service Award from Plymouth Community United Way for volunteering at events such as Rake~N~Go, Make a Difference Day and back-to-school supplies drives. Plymouth Community United Way organizes two raking events a year: Make a Difference Day in fall and Rake~N~Go in spring.