Matt Hicks is looking for work.
Not for himself necessary, but rather for the somewhere between 100 and 200 people who will converge on Veterans Park at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 21, for the annual Granville Community Service Day.
The event, which runs until noon and finishes with a cookout at the Granville Little League complex, is being coordinated by Granville High School FFA students and the Washington County Youth Bureau.
Hicks is looking for senior citizens, both in the village and in town, who could use some help around their yards that day.
“We’re going to have a lot of volunteers, and we want to put them to work,” Hick said. “All people need to do if they need help or know someone who does, is to call the town office, and we will set it up.”
FFA President Alissa Dunavan said one of the group’s goals is to get students together with adults to volunteer for the community.
“We have been able to get a lot of kids out, and we really hope we can get adults to help out too,” said Dunavan, who noted her group is reaching out to adult community service groups for that day.
Volunteering is as simple as showing up at 9 a.m. ready to work. Organizers are asking people to come dressed appropriately, with gloves, and to bring any outdoor tools, such as shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows, with them. Any of the groups that can provide tools and manpower are asked to do so. Hicks said the town will be providing garbage bags.
“We will have the big orange garbage bags at the town garage, and people can pick one up any time,” Hicks said. “They can clean up their local road, then bring the bags back to the garage and the town Department of Public Works will take care of them.”
From Veterans Park, volunteers will be transported to the Little League complex, down to the river area, to roadsides in town, to local cemeteries, to other sites and to the homes of those who are seeking help.
The phone number for the town hall is 642-1200. Groups who want to volunteer should contact Kevin Ely at the youth bureau at 746-2330.