NeighborLink Volunteer Day – LFW gives back

(Photo by Aly Hess)

Ryan Krueckeberg and Emily Farmer dig into some raking at Therese’s place. (Photo by Aly Hess)

Last month Living Fort Wayne members (and some of their children) got together and did a little a volunteering for NeighborLink Fort Wayne. I was happy to join the crew that went out that day. The whole experience was one of the more streamlined volunteer experiences I have been a part of. Special thanks to the Living Fort Wayne Committee members that spearheaded this activity. Here’s a recap of what went down that day!

To start out the day, we all met at Old Crown Coffee Roasters to get a feel for how we wanted to approach the day’s activities. Living Fort Wayne participants were Leslie Snare (+2), Jade Kelsey, Ryan Krueckeberg, Matt Graves (+2), Emily Farmer, Jade Haag, and Aly Hess (+1). We ended up having just two projects from NeighborLink Fort Wayne to tackle that day: yard work for a lady named Therese in northeast Fort Wayne and window cleaning for a lady named Roberta in southeast Fort Wayne (read more about how NeighborLink Fort Wayne works in our article by Jasmine Bajar).

Instead of splitting up, Leslie and the group decided that we should stay together and tackle Therese’s project first and then head over to help out Roberta.

Therese’s home was tucked into a quiet neighborhood near IPFW. She needed some general landscape cleanup done on her home. The group split up and tackled different areas of need – a little weeding, a little raking, and a little trimming.

Matt Graves

Matt Graves attacks some rebellious garden plants. (Photo by Aly Hess)

Most of the group tackled weeding and trimming. I handled the raking of old leaves away from the side of her house and out of the shrubbery. As a group we spent around two hours there, but that was more than enough time to work up a sweat and make a difference in that little space. After a few years of apartment living for me, it was refreshing to get out and work in her lawn.

From there we all made our way down to southeast Fort Wayne to clean windows for Roberta. This project was completed relatively quickly with all of us knocking out a little of the project. Besides a few uninvited guests in the form of bees, this was easy, breezy for us and made Roberta and her son quite happy to see the results.

Overall this was clean and efficient from my perspective. If you are part of a group who is looking for a way to get out and volunteer, check out what NeighborLink Fort Wayne has to offer.

Be sure to check in next week to get Jade Kelsey’s take on how the day went together, which should be interesting since she did a heck of lot more than me to make this come together!

(Photo by Aly Hess)

Left to right – Jade Kesley, Ryan Krueckeberg, Jade Haag, and Emily Farmer do some light cleanup and some bonding. (Photo by Aly Hess)




Tim Zink

Author: Tim Zink

Director-at-Large of Communications for Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana. Adviser to current Living Fort Wayne leadership team. Contributor to Living Fort Wayne since April 2014.

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