Fall Clean Up is a wonderful opportunity for CSU students &staff to help Fort Collins neighbors in need.
The program is aimed at assisting elderly and/or physically limited neighbors in the Fort Collins area with outdoor yard work (raking leaves, trimming bushes, cleaning gutters, etc.) that they cannot complete themselves and cannot afford to pay someone to do. This program helps facilitate positive relations between the long-term residents in Fort Collins and CSU students and staff, while also helping the neighbors to maintain their properties and get their homes ready for the fall/winter seasons.
Fall Clean Up was started in 2005 and has been growing ever since. In 2005 there were 24 neighbors helped by just over 50 student volunteers. In 2012, over 1,000 volunteers helped 171 elderly and/or physically limited neighbors. Additionally, in 2009 leaf pick-up was added to the program at many long-term neighbors' request. The Fall Clean Up program was happy to provide a much needed service for the neighbors, who were left with numerous bags of leaves and no way to dispose of them. Today, CSU partners with students, staff and local faith-based organizations to collect all bags of leaves filled as a result of the program and take them to a composting/ recycle center. See if your project meets the leaf pick-up guidelines.
Are you a neighbor in need of assistance? Or a student/group looking to volunteer?
Fall Clean Up 2014 will take place on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 9:30 am-2:00 pm **(volunteer check-in is at 9:00 am in the North ballroom in the Lory Student Center on the CSU campus).**
Space is limited so sign up today! The Neighbor project deadline is Friday, October 10, 2014 and projects are given on a first come, first serve basis. The Volunteer deadline is Friday, October 17, 2014 and teams are assigned projects on a first come, first serve basis.
Testimonials from Neighbors
"What are your thoughts on the Fall Clean-Up program?"
“Everyone who helped in my yard clean-up was very friendly, courteous and hardworking... This helped make it much easier for me to prepare for winter. Much thanks” -- Fort Collins neighbor
“The Fall Clean-Up program readies my home for the winter, doing what I am not able to because of health/financial constraints. The crew did a beautiful job, including their 4-legged helper Glory – she “picked up” sticks. All are wonderful people, it was a pleasure to meet and for whom I am very grateful! Thank you!” -- Fort Collins neighbor
“I found this was an inspiring experience: they were all eager to help and take my direction on the proper way to do it, and I learned from their suggestions as well…I feel they are each outstanding individuals and CSU will be proud of them. ” -- Fort Collins neighbor
“The students were amazing! So cheerful and hard workers. This program definitely creates good feelings in the community. Thanks!” -- Fort Collins neighbor
“The students were terrific, hard-working, taking initiative, working well together, giving me suggestions and getting more done than I could have accomplished all year. They were very friendly and happy to be helping – I appreciate everything SO VERY much! Many, many thanks!” -- Fort Collins neighbor