Teens to clean seniors’ yards

Youth volunteers will do a fall cleanup at the homes of senior citizens later this month.

General yardwork will be the order of the day for participants in the fifth annual Intergenerational Fall Cleanup Oct. 26 and 27.

The event, which coincides with Make-A-Difference Day, is collaboration between the Oneida County Youth Bureau, the county Office for the Aging and Continuing Care, local colleges, school districts and youth organizations.

"Last October, 500 youth volunteers throughout the county raked and bagged leaves, swept porches, sidewalks and driveways and brought light refuse to the curb at 100 senior citizen households," said County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. "The annual Intergenerational Fall and Spring Cleanups deliver these much needed services to our senior citizens who physically can no longer do the work themselves or being on a fixed income, can’t financially afford to have the work done them."

The cleanup services will be delivered between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days. The goal is to clean as many yards as possible, depending on the number of volunteers and the number of volunteers in a specific area. There is no rain date.

Volunteer groups are still being sought. Any interested volunteer group like an athletic team, school club or youth organization can contact the Youth Bureau, 798-5027. Any senior citizen interested in receiving services call the Office for the Aging, 798-5456.