Take It to Town program helps Carlinville community
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By Gary Lowder
The Take It to Town program enlists local churchgoers and community members to do one day of volunteer work for the betterment of the Carlinville Community. The program is hosted by the Carlinville Federated Church., and Saturday, June 3, was Take it to Town’s 14th year of implementation in Carlinville.
The volunteers split into seven groups, ranging from 2-25 people in each group. Once in their groups, the volunteers went out to seven different community businesses and recreational areas, including Beaver Dam, WeCare Recycling, and Loveless Park. The jobs for each site varied, but most of them involved repainting, planting and weeding, or cleaning.
Site Coordinator Maryann Hart said, “I’ve been in the program quite a few years… They vary the sites we work at every year. I love the program. I like to support the church and the community. It always makes me feel good.”
The volunteers consisted of those new to the program, like Jaime Hahmmann who said, “I think it’s great to help the community, and it makes me feel good,” and those who had been with the program for a while, like Erika Frelander.
“I’ve been doing it since its inception and I just enjoy doing it,” said Frelander. “It’s good for the community. I just like to help where I can.”
A group of several volunteers went to the Heritage Health senior center and painted benches, planted flowers, and trimmed bushes. “It’s really wonderful, we look forward to it all year,” said Heritage Health Administrator Donna Weeks. “It absolutely is a great program. A building like this one takes a great deal of maintenance everyday to maintain guidelines. The volunteers help with the little things, the things that might otherwise go undone for a little while.”
More than 70 volunteers ended up participating in the program. Katie Hartsook, who organized this year’s event, said, “It went great; we were able to accomplish everything we wanted to do in the community.”