While time is running short for local companies or individuals to sponsor the 15th Annual Celebrate Service… Celebrate Yates day of community service, non-profit agencies anxious to serve as host sites or volunteers eager to lend a literal helping hand still have time to sign up.
During Celebrate Service… Celebrate Yates, Yates County students, families or senior citizens interested in making the community a better place to live and work come together to perform painting, cleaning, building, and repairs to help local non-profit agencies and groups. This year’s event will be held Sunday, April 22, and plans are underway to make it a special one with added touches such as entertainment to mark the 15th anniversary.
A collaborative effort of volunteers from Keuka College and the Yates County Chamber of Commerce, Celebrate Service … Celebrate Yates would not be possible without support from local organizations, merchants, businesses, and citizens. Individuals or companies interested in sponsoring the 2012 event for $250 or a donation of goods or supplies have until March 1 to contact Mike Linehan, executive director of the Yates County Chamber of Commerce, at (315) 536-3111, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some 17 sponsors supported the event in 2011 including: Fitzgerald Brothers, Graphic Connections, Knapp & Schlappi, Knights of Columbus, Keuka College Student Senate, K-Ventures, Lyons National Bank, Penn Yan Area Council of Churches, Penn Yan Elks Lodge, Penn Yan Kiwanis Club, Roto Salt, Sodexo Food Services, Soldiers & Sailors Hospital, Stork Insurance, Tony Collins – Class of 1977 Celebrity Golf Classic, Yates ARC, and the Yates County Chamber of Commerce.
Meanwhile, Yates County non-profits have until March 23 to become official CSCY work sites where volunteer service workers will be welcomed from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Past work site locations have included fire departments, such as those in Himrod and Branchport-Keuka Park; churches; camps, including Camp Good Days and Special Times; cemeteries; parks and more, such as the Penn Yan Library. A non-profit can become a work site when its leader(s) or supporter(s) provide supplies for the task and someone who can serve as a site supervisor on the work day. Service work is performed rain or shine, so planning activities for indoors as well as outdoors is encouraged. To receive volunteer service on April 22, non-profits can contact Keuka’s CSCY Committee leaders Eric Detar or McKala Accetura at email@example.com or (315) 279-5378 or 279-5397, respectively.
The sign-up deadline for volunteers is also March 23 and prospective youth, families or senior volunteers who meet the deadline will receive a free T-shirt, lunch, and transportation to the work site. While individuals or groups can volunteer, anyone under age 15 must have both written consent to volunteer and be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Last year, a record 280 volunteers pitched in to make the day a success. Volunteer forms are available online at: www.Keuka.edu/go/cscy. On the day of the event, registration and lunch at Geiser Refectory (Dahlstrom Student Center on the Keuka campus) takes place from 11 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. Registration is required for all volunteers in order to guarantee proper site placement and precedes the opening ceremony at 1 p.m. While walk-in registration will be available for volunteers, an event T-shirt cannot be guaranteed.