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United Way of Southwest Michigan mobilizes “Rake A Difference” volunteers to help seniors with fall

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September 23, 2020
United Way of Southwest Michigan mobilizes “Rake A Difference” volunteers to help seniors with fall yard work
Sign-ups are open for UWSM’s 10th annual “Rake A Difference.”
Before winter hits, raking your yard and cleaning out your gutters is a vital step to ensuring spring snow melt does not cause water damage to your home or lawn. Many area seniors try to accomplish this work on their own, putting them at risk for falls and serious injury. United Way of Southwest Michigan invites our community to give them a helping hand when prepping for winter.
On Thursday, November 12, hundreds of area volunteers, working as teams, will help seniors in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties rake and bag leaves and clean gutters as part of United Way’s 10th annual “Rake A Difference.” The service is FREE of charge and serves seniors, age 60 and older, who are unable to perform yard work and can't afford to pay for services. Seniors are helped on a first-come, first-served basis, dependent on the number of volunteers available.
“Every year, we receive an outpouring of thanks from seniors who are helped by our ‘Rake A Difference’ event. It means so much to them that volunteers do the hard work of raking their yards and cleaning their gutters,” said Anna Murphy, President of United Way of Southwest Michigan. “Likewise, our volunteers love creating such meaningful impact in our community.”
Volunteers and seniors can sign up at Seniors can also sign up by calling 269-932-3554. The deadline for both is October 16.
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Volunteers are encouraged to snap photos during “Rake A Difference” on November 12. United Way of Southwest Michigan’s Facebook fans will vote on their favorite photo, and the winner will receive a delicious prize package and a cool “Rake A Difference” trophy. Photos must be posted to Facebook using the hashtag #RAKEADIFFERENCE to be eligible to win.
United Way is grateful to this year’s generous “Rake A Difference” sponsors. Thank you!
Major Sponsor
  • Frederick S. Upton Foundation
Gold Level
  • AEP Indiana Michigan Power
  • Silver Beach Pizza
  • United Federal Credit Union
Silver Level
  • French Paper Company
  • Gast Manufacturing
  • Hanson Logistics
  • McLoughlin Family Foundation
 Bronze Level
  • 1st Source Bank
  • Andrews University
  • Kruggel Lawton CPAs
  • Mutual of America
  • Niles Precision Company
  • TCF Bank
  • Vail Rubber Works
  • Wolverine Mutual Insurance Company
United Way of Southwest Michigan fights for the Health, Education, and Financial Stability of every person in every community. We have the influence and relationships to make sustainable change a reality. By harnessing resources from corporate, nonprofit, and public partners, we provide immediate assistance to our most vulnerable populations while addressing the root causes of our community's longstanding challenges and changing lives for the better. To join the fight—through giving, advocacy, and volunteering—visit